ACMA blocks additional eight illegal gambling websites

Jenny Ortiz 4 weeks ago
ACMA blocks additional eight illegal gambling websites

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has issued a new directive to block eight more websites accused of offering illegal gambling services within the country. These sites have been found to be in violation of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001, prompting ACMA to request internet service providers (ISPs) to restrict access. 

The domains identified for blocking include Jogi Casino, Dundee Slots, Lucky Hunter, Lucky Wins, Lukki Casino, Spin Fever, Clubhouse Casino, and Winport Casino. 

Historical context and impact 

Since the initiation of its first blocking request in November 2019, ACMA has successfully blocked access to 975 illegal gambling and affiliate websites. Additionally, over 220 illegal services have ceased operations in Australia due to ACMA’s enforcement of offshore gambling regulations. 

Commitment to consumer protection 

Website blocking is part of a broader strategy employed by ACMA to protect Australian consumers from illegal gambling services. This enforcement tool is utilized when sites offer games not permitted under Australian law, such as online casinos, online slots, and in-play online sports betting. Blocking can also be requested if a site operates without a valid license. In addition to gambling sites, ACMA can target websites that advertise prohibited gambling services or promote unlicensed operations. This comprehensive approach aims to shield consumers from the risks associated with unregulated gambling. 

Consumer advisory 

ACMA reminds consumers that even if a gambling service appears legitimate, it likely lacks essential consumer protections if it operates illegally. This means that Australian laws cannot assist if issues arise, such as the withholding of winnings by the service provider. To verify the legitimacy of a wagering service, Australians can consult ACMA’s register of licensed operators. 

Continued enforcement actions 

The current year has seen ACMA request the blocking of 28 websites, including the latest eight. In March, the authority flagged another eight sites for breaching national laws: Lucky7even, 50 Crowns, Rockwin, Bitdreams, Mr Pacho, Casino Infinity, Zota Bet, and Spicyjackpots. 

In February, ACMA identified 12 additional websites operating illegally: Playzilla, Wazamba, Zet Casino, Slots Palace, Nomini, Casinia, SG Casino, Fez Bet, Buran Casino, Spin Better, Golden Bet, and Clash.gg. 

Recent compliance issues 

Late last year, ACMA also targeted four major operators—Entain-owned Ladbrokes and Neds, Hillside’s Bet365, and Sportsbet—for breaching in-play betting rules. These operators used Fast/Quick codes to facilitate in-play betting, which is prohibited under the Interactive Gambling Act 2001, with limited exceptions. Although these brands eventually complied with regulations, the incident underscores ACMA’s vigilant oversight in maintaining the integrity of Australia’s gambling laws. 

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