Malta Gaming Authority

The Malta Lotteries and Gaming Authority (LGA) released a statement on Thursday that clarifies confusion surrounding Lock Poker and its licensing arrangement in Malta.

In an unambiguous statement released over two weeks ago, the the LGA stated categorically that Lock Poker “has no connection whatsoever” with the Maltese authority, despite its “kite mark” displayed prominently on the Lock Poker website.

However, recently {n:lga-quietly-removes-lock-poker-press-release:this statement was removed from the website} [update: the original statement appears to be now available on the website again], and today the LGA announced that the statement arose from confusion regarding an intermediary arrangement with a third party named “Alfard Malta Ltd” of which the LGA had not been notified.

“Although duly licensed in Malta,” it continues, “Alfard Gaming Ltd does not yet have the authorization to go live from Malta.” It states that the process is “to be concluded shortly.”

In an oddly worded footnote, the statement adds that “The Authority denies spins by certain sections of the media,” concluding:

This was a case of having failed to notify the Authority of an intermediary arrangement in a timely fashion. The Authority, ever vigilant in the public interest, took immediate action as it does in all similar cases, irrespective of the nature of the infringement