The speculation surrounding the failure of online gambling group Linx Media's Eurolinx, BetonBet and Linx Casino deepened Monday with a public notice on the Malta licensing jurisdiction website advising that BetonBet, hitherto believed to have been licensed by the LGA, was not as far as the LGA is concerned.
The notice at http://www.lga.org.mt/lga/content.aspx?id=157049 read:
"The Lotteries and Gaming Authority (LGA) hereby notifies that the company Alpine Malta Ltd is under investigation by the Authority.
"Alpine Malta Ltd operates under Class 1/4 and Class 3/4 licenses and operates under the tradename BetonBet.
"The LGA has issued a notice of suspension for the two classes.
"Furthermore, the LGA hereby notifies that the company Eurolinks Ltd is not and has never been a licensed operator with the LGA. The LGA also notifies that the sportsbooks of Alpine Malta Ltd (BetonBet and Eurolinks) are not and never were licensed by the LGA."
The notice ends with an invitation for players with "any outstanding payments from Alpine Malta Ltd (BetonBet) specifically on the Class 1/4 and Class 3/4 licenses" to contact the LGA at email@example.com.
Linx Media group subsidiaries were understood to have licenses as follows:
Eurolinx poker licensed in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles.
Betonbet licensed by the LGA in Malta
Linx Casino licensed by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission.
An enquiry lodged with the Netherlands Antilles licensing authorities has not yet elicited a response.