After having licenses suspended in the UK and with the Alderney Gambling Commissions, 666BET and their owner Metro Play Limited have come forward to speak on the issue. It was on March 19th that the gambling regulator announced that 666BET was having their license revoked but did not give a reason as to why the company lost rights to operate within the UK. Many wondered the exact reason behind why 666BET was being shut down in the UK.
Since losing their license in the UK, the 666BET site shut down and players were unable to withdraw any funds remaining in their online gaming accounts. Players wondered how any cash could be withdrawn with the site shut down. It was earlier this week, players took matters into their own hands and created a petition demanding their money be returned.
The petition at Change.org stated that thousands of players were due funds, in amounts ranging from £5-60,000. Lack of communication had players fearful they might never see their cash again. Finally after almost a month of silence, 666BET released a statement on their Facebook page. The operator stated they needed to be online to be able to give players access to their funds. However, the UK Gambling Commission told 666Bet they did not need a license to be able to allow players to withdraw funds.
666Bet further stated they needed help from a third party company to get back online. It looks as though the company lost contracts with many of their third party providers, including those that handled payments, when they lost licensing. 666BET says they are working with a third party provider to get online and will refund players as soon as they are able.
At the end of March it was announced that 666Bet director, Paul Bell had been arrested and detained on fraud and money laundering charges reportedly not related to the casino operations.