Tuesday 23. February, 2016

Topbetta Fined for Illegal Gambling Ads

New South Wales-based online sportsbook, Topbetta, has been ordered to pay $15,000 after pleading guilty to publishing illegal gambling ads on its website. Topbetta pleaded guilty to three counts of violating the state’s gambling regulations and was prosecuted at Downing Centre Local Court on Monday.

Topbetta was ordered to pay a fine of $4,950 and court and legal fees of $11,000. They were accused by Liquor and Gaming NSW of breaching the law with regards to their “No Lose Saturday” promotion that they ran on their website from October 2014 to May 2015.

Under NSW law, licensed gambling companies cannot publish advertisements that offer inducements to NSW residents to participate in gambling or betting. This case was one of a string of cases that have been brought by the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing (OLGR) against gambling companies in the past few months.

In January, both Bet365 and Unibet were fined after being found guilty of breaching NSW gambling advertising laws. Unibet was fined $7,500 for three misdemeanors, while Bet365 was ordered to pay $5,000 on two counts. Both companies were also ordered to pay $5,000 in court and legal fees. These two cases followed similar convictions against Sportsbetting.com.au, ClassicBet and Ladbrokes.

It does not appear that the OLGR is going to turn the other cheek and is planning to continue bringing cases against companies that violate the laws. In addition, the Australian Association of National Advertisers Code of Ethics (AANA) is also keeping an eye on the content in the ads and the board is said to have come across a number of gambling ads that contravene the standards and social values set down by the association.

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