Friday, August 28, 2009

PKR Quiets Poker Cheat Threats--Despite Norwegian Pyramid Scam Artist!

PKR is reassuring affiliates over funds after login problems and poker cheat allegations. PKR has said affiliates have “nothing to worry about” after not being able to log in to the affiliate site for more than a week. Concerns were raised by affiliates this week, some of them due thousands of pounds from the poker site, after their PKR log in details were rejected, leaving them unable to check their account statements.

However, speaking to today, a spokesman for the poker site said: “The affiliate site is in the process of being updated and should be rectified very soon. No one has anything to worry about when it comes to the financial element.”

Speaking to yesterday, one affiliate said: “The egaming industry has endured too many bad situations for affiliates, so I think it’s better to be safe than sorry. It's been a number of days, and I have money in the PKR kitty to collect, but haven't been able to log on, so one can't blame me in the slightest for starting to get concerned.”

Affiliates sought reassurance after Linx Media Group, the company behind the Eurolinx, BetOnBet and Linx Casino brands and the BetonBet sportsbook, ceased trading this week, leaving affiliates and players owed account funds totaling thousands of pounds.

Linx Media is the company behind the Eurolinx, BetOnBet and Linx Casino brands and the BetonBet sportsbook. A statement on the homepage states that Linx Media has “put its businesses into liquidation and will cease trading with immediate effect”, but claimed that liquidators have not yet been appointed and that it will “provide updates on the situation as and when information becomes available”.

Linx Media was owned by Jo Remme, who is understood to be a Norwegian also known as Jo Arild Remme. He is also alleged to have been involved in scams in Norway including a pyramid scheme with more than a thousand members, and a company called Arctic Uni that claimed to be able to provide sea urchin semen to breeders.

Eurolinx poker claimed to be licensed in Curacao, Linx Casino claimed to be licensed in Kahwanake and Betonbet claimed to be licensed in Malta. However a statement on the Curacao Egaming Licensing Authority website in response to enquries reads “please note: we do not license or”.

Maltese regulator the Lotteries and Gaming Authority (LGA) issued a similar notice that stated “Eurolinx Ltd is not and has never been a licensed operator with the LGA [and] that the sportsbooks of Alpine Malta (BetonBet and Eurolinks) are not and never were licensed by the LGA”.

Linx Media was part of the Microgaming network, and Microgaming said in a statement: “Micrograming has terminated its software licence agreements with the Linx Media Group, with immediate effect. It has been advised that the group companies are insolvent. Microgaming is presently gathering all facts relating to this matter and will provide further announcements as and when information becomes available.”