In mid-April, 666Bet updated their Facebook saying that they and a third-party provider were waiting on approval from the UK Gambling Commission in order to pay players and could only process payouts after the site was back online. However, the UKGC responded in a statement that Metro Play Limited was “authorised to settle any outstanding winning bets that it accepted in reliance on its operating licence and return any outstanding balances to customers - and we expect it to do so.” Shortly thereafter the company began searching for payment methods.
The site has been down since the company’s licence was suspended, with a holding page now asking customers to open a Skrill or Moneybookers account in order to make a withdrawal “as this will be the only option available to customers in the near future”.
The long wait to find out how and when punters would be paid triggered a Change.org petition asking the compay to release funds held in online accounts. Some players claid to have had thousands of pounds held by 666Bet while receiving no information about how they could get their money back. The site offered sports betting and casino gaming and had made a significant name for itself since its launch last year.
Skrill is an online payment system used by a number of betting and gaming operators, including Bet365, William Hill and 10Bet. With over 36 million account holders across the world, it’s a popular way for fans of online gambling and betting to put down deposits and claim funds. All 666Bet customers owed money will need to open an account with Skrill or use their existing accounts to get a payout. It remains to be seen as to whether or not Metro Play Limited will have their licence reinstated.