Thursday 19. November, 2015

Ladbrokes Pays $25,500 After Illegal Inducements

Gambling operator, Ladbrokes Digital Australia, was fined last week for offering inducements to bet in New South Wales. The company was found guilty of illegal advertising and were ordered to pay a fine of $7,500 and court costs of $18,000.

There were three advertisements in question which appeared on Ladbrokes’ website between April 2 and May 29. They offered new and existing customers the chance to win up to $1,000 per day in free bets. Ladbrokes was taken to court by the NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing (OLGR).

Under the NSW Racing Administration Regulation 2012, the maximum fine per incident of illegal advertising can reach $5,500. Illegal advertising includes offering any credits, rewards or vouchers to induce punters to place wagers at particular sites.

In September, OLGR was successful against two other similar cases. Northern Territory-based Sportsbetting.com.au was ordered to pay a $1,650 fine plus $1,800 in court costs for two advertisements that ran in June and July and offered 100 percent and 200 percent deposit bonuses to new players.

Penrith-based ClassicBet was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and $4,500 in court costs for an online advertisement available to NSW residents which promoted a Premium Rewards Program that awarded shopping vouchers, sports tickets and bonus bets.

Deputy Premier and Justice Minister Troy Grant has announced that as of March 2016, advertisements of live odds via TV or radio during sporting events will also be prohibited and from December 1, 2015, any types of published inducements, including via social media will be banned.

“Wagering operators have been warned – the publication of wagering inducements in NSW is not acceptable,” Mr Grant stated. “OLGR is monitoring gambling related advertisements across all mediums and will take strict action against those flouting the law.

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