STICKS AND STONES

April 30, 2022

A Neanderthal returns

We want this bulletin to be at the top of the weekly summary today for the attention of the Neanderthal who called us in an anonymous and foul-mouthed attempt to silence InfoPowa this morning.

The caller was a deep-voiced South African calling locally, who threatened physical violence if InfoPowa did not stop “bad-mouthing” casinos.

The best way to stop fair if critical comment is to run a clean and efficient operation, not behave like some latter day bad Al Capone movie thug.

There are several questionable casinos that have featured in our bulletins and other activities recently, so there are a number of possibilities. However, we have a pretty good idea who this is and we will be taking appropriate measures.

DUKES DISCLOSURES CONTINUE

Be The Dealer takes action

Last week we reported the disgraceful and thoroughly unprofessional departure of Dukes Gaming.com, leaving unpaid players, ignored emails and a $1 million sweepstake scandal in its wake. Developments toward the end of the week were the identification of a Be The Dealer site carrying the Dukes Gaming identity, and raising ethical questions about the probity of commercial relations with companies that behave in this manner.

Be The Dealer has responded to the extensive public coverage by defending its business strategy. The BTD network it seems runs all operational facets of their Slot Gacor sites such as gambling software, Support and Cashier activity. However, its “partners” whose identity often appears on the sites have responsibility for marketing, and BTD states that it has no control over that facet of its business, leaving gaps in accountability.

This was the situation with Dukes Gaming, which had signed up with BTD as Dukes Be The Dealer.com prior to it’s fall from grace as a Wagerlogic-powered online casino. Dukes provided its brand and its marketing database as their end of the deal, raising questions as to whether its casino players wanted to opt-in to marketing material from a new site.

In fairness to Be The Dealer, it has to be said that the network was not aware of the $1 million sweepstake scam or, apparently the unceremonious nature of Dukes Gaming.com’s closure.

After explaining their business position regarding accountability to the players, and being informed of the circumstances surrounding Dukes Gaming’s departure, the BTD people notably Gal Haber did rescue credibility by removing all trace of Dukes Gaming identity from the BTD site, and offering stranded players bonuses at the new site in compensation over and above the payouts from Wagerlogic.

It is not clear whether they have severed their commercial relations with the people behind Dukes, who remain anonymous and continue to ignore emails.

In fact it would appear that Dukes, as the main players in this drama have actually done the least for their erstwhile customers. Wagerlogic apparently acted decisively on being advised about the $1 million sweepstake scam, and then followed that up on closing the Dukes operation by guaranteeing that players would be paid their dues. BTD has, as outlined above, made similar moves.

But what has Dukes done? They have yet to explain the mystery behind their $1 million sweepstake promises, they have ignored player and media emails seeking answers to relevant questions surrounding the closure and it would appear that they have left others to pick up the pieces of their customer payouts.

Efforts to identify the people behind Dukes are being made but tracking is being hampered by the refusal of the companies involved to identify them on grounds of commercial confidentiality. Thus far addresses in the UK and North America have been found, and enquiries are continuing.