666Bet Site Shut Down by Alderney Court

Published on Monday 13th July 2015, 12:26 pm
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Beleaguered sportsbook 666Bet has been shut down by an Alderney court after being ordered to cease operations in a message sent on Thursday 2nd July. The site is no longer accessible, with the homepage instructing visitors awaiting refunds to contact an email address at Hexiglobal Limited, a company that appears to be connected with 666Bet and Metro Play.

Metro Play, the parent company of 666Bet, will be liquidated in a process overseen by KPMG Channel Islands Limited and has lost its licence. The company had not been operating in the UK since late March of this year, after its licence was suspended by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) pending an investigation into their business practices. It was eventually announced in late April that punters would have their bets refunded via Skrill after significant public outcry. A deadline of 24th May was set for requesting any refunds from the site.

In early June, the company admitted it was having difficulty refunding the large number of withdrawals it was facing. A statement released through the UKGC promised that players would be offered another payment method for refunds and that all pending withdrawals had been processed.

666Bet had debuted in 2014 to considerable approval, with Harry Redknapp taking a starring role in its adverts. Later, they signed deals with two football clubs - West Bromwich Albion and Leicester City. However, it all came crashing down earlier this year.

The shutdown of the site wraps up a long saga that involved disgruntled customers, a Change.org petition, the arrest of Metro Play chairman Paul Bell on what the company considers an unrelated charge and several stiff warnings from the UKGC about refunds. Anyone who believes they are still owed money from the bookmaker should contact KPMG Channel Islands before Friday 7th August.

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