UKGC suspends Metro Play, 666Bet licence

UKGC suspends Metro Play, 666Bet licence

Monday, March 23, 2015 Totally Gaming

The UK Gaming Commission (UKGC) has opted to suspend the operating licence of Metro Play Limited pending a review of the online gaming company.

The regulatory body has suspended the licence after commencing a review under section 116 and 118 of the Gambling Act 2005.

The company is present in the UK market through its Metro Play and 666Bet brands.

The UKGC said: “The Commission has decided to commence a review because it suspects that Metro Play Limited (the Licensee) is unsuitable to carry on the licensed activities (section 120(1)(d) of the Act) and considers it appropriate to suspend the licence with immediate effect pending the conclusion of the review.

“In accordance with section 118(4)(c) of the Act the Licensee is authorised to settle any outstanding winning bets that it has accepted in reliance on the above operating licence and return any outstanding balances to customers.”

The UKGC noted that the suspension is an interim measure, the need for which will be kept under consideration whilst the review is carried out.

In January, it emerged that Barry Martin had stepped down as chief executive of 666Bet.

One month earlier, 666Bet told TotallyGaming.com of its plans to expand further after it completed the migration of its sports betting and casino platforms onto BetConstruct and EveryMatrix, respectively.

The operator secured commercial deals with various sporting properties after launching in the UK, with English Premier League football clubs Leicester City and West Bromwich Albion among those to be added to the company’s commercial portfolio.

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