According to the Australian Communications and Media Authority, four of Australia’s leading online gambling companies have violated rules on in-play wagering. Ladbrokes and Bet365 are among them.
ACMA said that the operators violated the interactive gambling regulations by using “Fast/Quick code” in order to allow for sports betting during play. ACMA named four of the guilty parties as Ladbrokes and Neds owned by Entain, Hillside’s Bet365 and Sportsbet and Hillside-owned Bet365.
The Interactive Gambling Act of 2001 in Australia prohibits live betting during sporting events, except for a few exceptions. The only exceptions are when the bet is placed over the telephone, in which case the player has to call the number.
To place an in-play bet, players must obtain a Fast/Quick Code from the website or mobile app of an operator. The code contains the bet, the selection of bets and the type of bet for the in-play wager. This code is quoted by the player when he or she calls to place the final bet.
ACMA stated that this wasn’t the case for Ladbrokes Bet365 Neds and Sportsbet. According to the authority, the in-play betting service of operators generates codes individually for every in-play wager when it is placed via their website or mobile app.
ACMA stated that the information contained in the code was sent to the wagering services via their website or apps, and not by phone. This is required to qualify for the exception. Each operator was found to be in violation of the Interactive Gambling Act, 2001.
ACMA refrains from enforcement actions
ACMA has noted, however, that four brands took steps since then to make sure Fast/Quick code compliance with betting rules. ACMA stated that codes would be generated before events began, regardless of whether a bet was selected by the customer. The codes will be the same and generic for everyone.
ACMA has decided to refrain from taking any enforcement actions against these four brands.
ACMA stated that “we investigate any person who violates the laws governing online gambling.” ACMA: “This includes advertising or providing online gambling services which are illegal.
Anyone who violates the law may be subject to criminal and/or civil sanctions. “This includes those who help someone to break the law.”
Australia blocks more illegal websites
ACMA also announced this week that it had issued an order banning 11 illegal gambling sites.
ACMA asked Australian Internet service providers to block online gambling websites and affiliate marketing sites.
ACMA has flagged Greenspin Slotman Jeetcity Betibet Candyland Casino Thunderpick Golden Lion Digits 7 Sector 777 New Vegas PayID Pokies. The ACMA said that each of these websites violated the Interactive Gambling Act, 2001.
ACMA has blocked 893 websites that are illegally gambling or affiliated with them since its initial request was made in November 2019. Since the Australian authority started enforcing its new offshore gambling laws in 2017, 220 illegal services were also removed from Australia.