The Australian betting sector has seen a new wave of enforcement action taken against gambling providers who are in breach of the country’s gambling rules.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has ordered Australian internet service providers (ISPs) to introduce blocks on a further eight offshore gambling sites.
According to the authority, Ace Pokies, Planet 7 Oz, Reeltastic, Nordicasino, Spintropolis, Times Square Casino, Royal Spinz and Enzo Casino had been operating outside of the law and should be blocked. The ACMA said that they had received a number of complaints about the sites, including suggestions of poor player treatment and the withholding of winnings.
Following the complaints, the ACMA said that it carried out a series of investigations, which eventually concluded that the sites in question were in breach of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001. Under Australian law, the ACMA has the authority to ask ISPs to block all access to any websites that are the subject of concern in order to offer protection to Australian companies, and the ACMA has been proactive in exercising its powers. Since they made their first blocking request in November 2019, they have gone on to secure the blocking of 92 websites aimed at the Australian market.
The ACMA has also given advice to all Australian consumers who are using any of these sites to withdraw their money. In a statement, the ACMA underlined its progress in this area:
“Over 100 illegal services have pulled out of the Australian market since we started enforcing new illegal offshore gambling rules in 2017. Website blocking provides a valuable opportunity to alert the public to illegal gambling services though the messaging that appears when there is an attempt to access the site.”
The latest order follows last month’s action against another eleven sites operating illegally. These included Mucho Vegas Casino, Happy Hugo, Kahuna Casino, Box 24 Casino, JokaRoom, Omni Slots, XPokies and Slottica. Prior to that, in May, the ACMA had also issued blocking orders affecting a series of other sites including BoVegas, Slots Empire, Red Dog Casino, Wild Joker and Free Spin.