Monday 7. December, 2015

NSW Gaming Watchdog Brings More Suits Against Major Operators

The Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing (OLGR), NSW’s gaming watchdog, has launched additional prosecutions against some of the biggest names in the Australian sports betting market. OLGR is toughening their stance against illegal advertising campaigns that offer inducements to customers and it has brought cases against Tabcorp Holdings Ltd, Betchoice Corporation Pty Ltd trading as Unibet, CrownBet Pty Ltd controlled by James Packer and Hillside (Australia New Media) Pty Ltd trading as Bet365.

The NSW Racing Administration Regulation 2012 bans sports betting advertising campaigns that offer inducements to punters and OLGR has tightened its oversight of these campaigns. It has introduced bigger fines, as well as a number of criminal proceedings.

In November, Queensland-based Ladbrokes Digital Australia Pty Ltd was convicted on three counts of illegal advertising and was fined $7,500 and ordered to pay $18,000 in legal costs. In September, Northern Territory-based Sportsbetting.com.au was convicted of illegal advertising on its website which offered an inducement that did not exclude NSW punters and it was fined $1,650 and ordered to pay $1,800 in court costs. Also in September, ClassicBet Pty Ltd was convicted and fined $1,000 and ordered to pay court costs of $4,500.

“Licensed wagering operators and their agents should ensure NSW residents are not eligible to participate in gambling inducement offers that breach NSW law and strengthen their controls and systems to ensure compliance and reduce the risk of regulatory action,” stated Anthony Keon, Director of Compliance and Enforcement at OLGR.

From this month, the bans have been extended starting with a ban on advertising inducements to gamble in order to cover all types of inducements offered to NSW punters. From March, the ban will include live odds advertising on live sporting events. OLGR will monitor all gambling-related advertising.

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