666Bet exits market as Metro Play is wound up

By David Cook
Metro Play Limited, owner of operator 666Bet, is being compulsorily wound up, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has confirmed.

UKGC was informed via an official notice that Metro Play has been ordered to be compulsorily wound up by Act of the Court of Alderney.

The operating licence held by Metro Play was suspended in March, pending a review into the company that was being carried out.

UKGC said: “As the company is being liquidated, under section 114 (2) (b) of the Gambling Act 2005, Metro Play Limited’s operating licence has lapsed. They are no longer licensed to provide facilities for gambling in Great Britain.

“The Commission does not know whether this development will have any impact on the payment of outstanding balances to customers.”

UKGC confirmed to Gambling Insider that Metro Play Limited is the owner of 666Bet and that 666Bet will not be returning to the market.

A statement on 666Bet’s website reads: “666Bet are no longer able to provide access to your account as the website is no longer in operation.

“Unfortunately we are no longer able to process any withdrawals from your account as the deadline of 24 May has now passed.”

The same statement was published on Metro Play’s website, substituting 666Bet for Metro Play.

Professional service provider KPMG’s David Standish of KPMG UK and Linda Johnson of KPMG Channel Islands have been appointed joint liquidators of Metro Play.

Standish said: “Our priorities are to secure client monies, collate and examine the company’s books and records, and determine any further lines of enquiry. We encourage creditors to register their claims with us and also provide any relevant information they have which may assist our enquiries.”

The official notice stated: “All persons having claims against or who are indebted to the above named company are requested to send details thereof to the joint liquidators not later than 7 August 2015.”

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