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ACMA blocks more gambling sites

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Australian Communications and Media Authority has asked for the blocking of eight more websites that it believes are offering illegal gambling within the country.

ACMA stated that each site is in violation of the Interactive Gambling Act of 2001. It is asking internet service providers to stop accessing the sites.

The domains that are flagged up include Lukki Casino (Jogi Casino), Clubhouse Casino (Winport Casino), Lucky Hunter (Lucky Wins), Lukki Casino (“Spin Fever”), Lucky Wins (Lucky Hunter), Lucky Wins (“Lucky Wins”), Lukki Casino (“Lucki Casino”), Lucky Wins (“Lucky Wins”), Lucky Hunter (“Lucky Wins”), Lukki Casino “Lucki Casino” and Lucky Wins (“Lucki Casino”).

The ACMA has blocked 975 websites related to gambling or affiliate marketing since its initial blocking request was made in November 2019. Since the ACMA began enforcing offshore gambling laws, more than 220 illegal service providers have left Australia.

ACMA is committed to player protection

The blocking of websites is just one option to help protect the consumer from illegal gambling.

ACMA can act in this way if the site is offering games that are not allowed under Australian law, such as sports betting and online casinos. A site that is not licensed to operate online gambling can be blocked.

The ACMA can also issue similar requests against sites that advertise prohibited gambling services or unlicensed operations. ACMA may also issue similar orders against websites that advertise prohibited gambling services, or those who are not licensed.

ACMA reminds consumers that even though a service may appear legitimate, it is unlikely to offer important consumer protections. This means that our laws cannot help in the event of a problem, such as if a service provider refuses to pay out winnings.

Our register allows Australians to check whether a betting service has a license in Australia.

The number of blocking requests continues to rise

ACMA, in its latest request, has blocked 28 sites so far.

ACMA issued eight warnings in March for violating the national laws. The sites include Lucky7even 50 Crowns Rockwin Bitdreams Mr Pacho Casino Infinity Zota Bet Spicyjackpots and Casino Infinity.

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ACMA had previously taken action against four operators who were found to have violated the rules governing in-play wagering. ACMA warned Hillside Bet365 and Sportsbet, Hillside-owned Ladbrokes and Neds and Entain’s Ladbrokes and Neds late last year.

ACMA said that the operators violated interactive gambling regulations by using Fast/Quick code to facilitate in-play sports betting. In-play sports betting is prohibited by the Interactive Gambling Act of 2001, except for a few exceptions.

ACMA conceded that the brands did eventually comply with regulations. ACMA will not take any further action in this matter.

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