By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Business Reporter
The only operator to be rejected for a web shop licence yesterday expressed surprise at being ordered to close down by December 7, describing the whole situation as “ridiculous”.
Anthony Brown, Bet Vegas’s president, expressed suprise after a notice issued on behalf of the Gaming Board said his company must cease operations by Monday, telling Tribune Business: “That’s news to me. I’m trying to find out what’s going on,”
A Government statement issued yesterday on behalf of the Gaming Board confirmed that Bet Vegas, the only one out of nine web shop licensing applicants to be rejected, obtained an ex-parte Supreme Court Order on October 26 to block its closure.
Justice Roger Gomez, at a hearing where only Bet Vegas was represented, allowed ot to continue in business until the hearing of its appeal. He suspended the Gaming Board closure notice on October 19.
The Government, though, yesterday said its application to set aside the October 26 Order was successful on December 1.
“The principal of Bet Vegas, who was present when the ruling was handed down, has since been advised by the Gaming Board to cease operations by December 7, 2015,” the Government said.
“ Further, the public is advised that as Bet Vegas is not licensed to conduct gaming transactions, they should not engage in any gaming activities at any Bet Vegas locations, and should seek to retrieve any and all funds held on account with the company.
Mr Brown, though, seemed to imply that he was not present at the December 1 ruling, and suggested the closure Order was a ‘slap in the face’ for his business - the only web shop chain established after the sector was legalised.
“This is ridiculous. We’re the only company that really met all of the requirements,” Mr Brown told Tribune Business.
“We’re the only company that came in after the industry was legalised. This makes no sense.”
The eight companies that received a conditional web shop license are the FML Group of Companies trading as (t/a) FNM Webshop; GLK Ltd t/a A Sure Win; Jarol Investments t/a Chances Games; Paradise Games Bahamas t/a Paradise Games; Playtech Systems t/a Island Luck; T.I.G Investments Ltd t/a Percy’s at The Island Game; The Four Point Group Trading t/a Asue Draw + Spin; and Bahama Dream Web Café t/a Bahama Dreams.