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Australia’s ACMA targets eight more illegal gambling sites for blocking

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The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has recognised Lucky7even, 50 Crowns, Rockwin, Bitdreams, Mr Pacho, Casino Infinity, Zota Bet, and Spicyjackpots as websites operating in violation of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001. Igaming News reported that ACMA, responsible for overseeing online gambling regulations, has requested Australian internet service providers (ISPs) to block access to these sites.

While ACMA did not specify the exact breaches, it outlined various how it can take action if an offence is committed. These include providing prohibited interactive gambling services like online casinos and in-play sports betting to Australian players, operating without a proper license, or advertising unlicensed gambling services.

Since initiating its first blocking request in November 2019, ACMA has succeeded in blocking 945 illegal gambling and affiliate websites. Additionally, 221 unauthorized services have stopped operations in Australia following ACMA’s enforcement of offshore gambling regulations.

ACMA emphasized that consumers should be cautious, as even seemingly legitimate services may lack essential consumer protections. “This means our laws can’t help if something goes wrong, like if the service provider withholds winnings”, said ACMA. Australians are encouraged to verify the licensing status of gambling services through the ACMA register.

This recent action follows ACMA’s identification of 12 other websites for blocking last month. Among those targeted were Playzilla, Wazamba, Zet Casino, and Slots Palace, along with Nomini, Casinia, SG Casino, Fez Bet, Buran Casino, Spin Better, Golden Bet, and Clash.gg.

In previous measures, ACMA targeted leading online gambling brands for violating in-play betting regulations. Initially, Ladbrokes and Neds, both owned by Entain, along with Bet365 and Sportsbet under Hillside, were accused of breaching rules by utilizing ‘Fast/Quick codes’ for in-play sports betting. However, ACMA later confirmed compliance by these brands and ceased further action. The Interactive Gambling Act 2001 strictly prohibits in-play betting on sports matches, allowing limited exceptions.

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