Sunday 24. April, 2016

CrownBet Convicted of Illegal Advertising in NSW

Online bookmaker, CrownBet, has been convicted of five counts of illegal advertising in NSW. Owned by James Packer’s Crown Resorts, CrownBet was ordered to pay $20,000 in fines and legal costs.

According to Liquor and Gaming NSW, CrownBet offered inducements for NSW residents to gamble on five occasions between October and December last year. The inducements were published on its website and included bonus reward points for the AFL Grand Final, NBA and Melbourne Cup.

CrownBet pled guilty to all five charges, with the NSW department stating, “It sought to have the matters finalised without conviction in Downing Centre Local Court yesterday, but Magistrate Joanne Keogh said convictions were necessary for general deterrence to others in the industry and to protect the vulnerable.”

CrownBet claimed that the offences were unintentional and were the result of an administrative error; however they were ordered to pay a fine of $10,500 and legal costs of $10,000.

“Working closely with the office of liquor and gaming, CrownBet has since made significant improvements to its processes and systems to ensure ongoing compliance with the regulations,” said a spokesperson for CrownBet.

A number of online bookmakers have been convicted and fined over the last few months for offering inducements to gamble to NSW residents. NSW’s Betting and Racing Regulations 2012 prohibits operators from offering any inducements to gamble or open betting accounts for NSW residents.

In December, the NSW gambling regulator prosecuted four gambling companies (Betchoice – traded as Unibet, CrownBet, Hillside – traded as Bet365 and Tabcorp) for illegal ads and this followed the conviction of gambling giant Ladbrokes only a month earlier. The regulator is continuing to target online operators who do not comply with the law.


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