Malta’s gambling regulator has disavowed any connection with a flurry of online gambling sites.
On Friday, the Malta Gaming Authority published a string of notices indicating it has “no connection” with the following websites: Caesarcrown.com, Casino-royal.net, Diamond-777.com, Explosionbet.com, Fortunepub.com, Greatway-casino.net, Lucky-play.net, Play-azart.com, and
Is currently inaccessible, but the other naughty nine domains are going strong.
The Malta-based Great Way is operated by TEM Group Ltd, while and (Winn-Palace) are owned by the Malta-based Nordic Gaming Group/Bremor Holding.
And claim to be owned by Williambet Anjouan and licensed by the Anjouan Lotteries and Gaming Authority.
(The MGA dropped the boom on another Anjouan LGA site – – last November.) In case you were wondering, Anjouan is an island in the Indian Ocean that’s part of the Union of the Comoros, which may or may not have been a Duran Duran song.
Caesarcrown.com, Diamond-777and Explosionbet belong to Dialinvest International NV, which appears to have scrubbed the Malta references from its sites and now claims to be licensed by the government of Curacao.
However, Diamond-777 wins extra chutzpah points for also claiming to be licensed by the UK Gambling Commission.
Most of the offending sites offered words and symbols suggesting that they were licensed by Malta’s Lotteries and Gaming Authority (LGA), which was the MGA’s previous identify before it rebranded two years ago.
Many of the dates of these licenses are at least five years old.
BELGIUM DOES ITS RODNEY DANGERFIELD IMPRESSION Meanwhile, the MGA is itself coming under fire from rival gaming regulators in Belgium for showing “disrespect” for that country’s online gambling blacklist.
Malta is scheduled to host the 18th meeting of the European Commission’s Expert Group on Gambling Services on Thursday, as befitting Malta’s current role as president of the Council of the European Union.