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Sportschamps convicted for illegal gambling ad

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Wagering company Sportschamps has been convicted of posting an illegal gambling advertisement online as a result of an investigation by Liquor & Gaming NSW.

In Downing Centre Local Court on 3 April, the company was fined $2,500 and ordered to pay $3,250 in legal costs for breaching NSW gaming laws.

The prosecution related to an advertisement on the sportschamps.com.au website on 5 July 2018.

The advertisement read: “Matched first time deposit bonus up to $50 – Deposit for the first time and we’ll match your deposit with Bonus Cash, up to $50. Keep the winnings from Bonus Cas (sic)”. There was a button close by that said: “Sign up for free”.   

Under the NSW Betting and Racing Act, it is an offence to publish “a gambling advertisement that offers any inducement to participate, or participate frequently, in any gambling activity (including an inducement to open a betting account).”

Chief Magistrate Graeme Henson took into account Sportschamps’ submission that no one signed up for the offer.

Liquor & Gaming NSW Director of Compliance Operations, Sean Goodchild, said the ad clearly breached NSW gambling advertising laws.

“Advertising gambling inducements is unlawful in NSW, and operators who flout or try to get around these restrictions are acting against industry and community interests and increasing risks of gambling harms,” Mr Goodchild said.

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Tabcorp Partners with Major League Baseball

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Australian lottery and betting operator Tabcorp Holdings has entered into an exciting new international partnership with the Major League Baseball (MLB). The deal positions TAB as the official wagering partner of the MLB in Australia.

TAB will bring exclusive MLB programming and promotions to Australian fans in TAB venues around the country, as well as via the TAB app and website.

The multi-year agreement will allow TAB’s 4400 live venues to have access to the MLB Network, which is the Major League Baseball’s 24/7 television channel. Venues will be able to air up to 10 live games per week. MLB fans in Australia will also have access to the MLB Network from home on the TAB website or TAB mobile app.

Australians will also get the chance to access exclusive MLB promotions including tickets, player experiences and competitions.

“There is growing demand for U.S. sports content in Australia, particularly among TAB punters. Baseball is America’s national pastime and this groundbreaking MLB deal – which complements our NBA and NFL partnerships – helps us to fulfill our ambition of being the home of US sport in Australia and to deliver superb experiences for our customers, both in venues and digitally via the app and website,” Adam Rytenskild, Tabcorp’s Managing Director for Wagering and Media, said.

“We are looking forward to working with Tabcorp to bring exciting baseball content to millions of fans in Australia via TAB and Sky. When the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks played the Opening Series games at the historic Sydney Cricket Ground in 2014, we saw how much baseball resonated with Australian sports fans. We want to continue to help develop baseball in Australia and grow the game nationwide. Between TAB’s retail footprint and wagering expertise, we’re confident that this partnership is a significant step towards elevating baseball in Australia,” Kenny Gersh, MLB Executive Vice President for Gaming and New Business Ventures, said.

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Stats Perform Extends its Partnership with Australian National Basketball League

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Sports data and AI technology company Stats Perform has extended its multi-year, exclusive official betting data and streaming partnership with Australia’s rapidly growing Hungry Jack’s National Basketball League (NBL).

The combination of Stats Perform’s premium in-stadium ultrafast data, low latency live streaming and high quality basketball creates premium in-play betting experiences that are trusted by leading odds providers and licensed sports betting operators and their customers.

“Few global basketball leagues can rival the NBL’s atmosphere, quality and entertainment. We’re honoured to have been trusted to safely deliver high quality NBL betting experiences to their growing global audience for a number of years. In that time we’ve seen the competition and our partnership go from strength to strength, and we’re excited to continue working together to drive future growth,” Alex Rice, Stats Perform Chief Rights Officer, said.

Stats Perform has also been announced as an official integrity partner of the NBL. Stats Perform’s Integrity Operations team will support the NBL in its innovative approach to preventing match manipulation and betting fraud through monitoring and intelligence.

“The NBL is almost unrecognisable from when we first started working with Stats Perform but whilst many things have change our need for a trusted partner to safely manage and grow our betting rights distribution has stayed the same and we’re very pleased to renew our partnership,” Brad Joyner, Chief Commercial Officer of Hungry Jack’s NBL, said.

The NBL official betting data and betting live streaming rights form part of Stats Perform’s betting content portfolio which also includes Spanish La Liga soccer, French Ligue 1 soccer, MLS soccer, WTA Tennis and numerous other sports and competitions. The rights are safely distributed to licensed sportsbooks to create exceptional trusted betting experiences online, on mobile and in retail betting venues.

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Crown Resorts Dealt Harsh Blow as Melbourne Re-enters Lockdown

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Hopes that Crown Resorts’ Melbourne casino might reopen soon have been dealt a harsh blow after the Victorian government announced that the city would re-enter lockdown for the next six weeks.

On Tuesday, after Victoria recorded 191 new COVID-19 cases in the previous 24 hours compared with just eight cases across Australia’s other seven states and territories combined, the state government announced that Melbourne and several regional towns will return to Stage 3 lockdown for the next six weeks. The lockdown will allow for retail businesses to remain open with density limits, however, residents will be required to stay home and only allowed to leave for work, food, exercise or medical care.

Crown Melbourne, which has been closed since 23 March, had yet to reopen and looks set to remain shuttered for some time yet.

Crown Resorts issued a short statement in which it said only, “This afternoon the Victorian Government announced that it will reintroduce Stage 3 restrictions across metropolitan Melbourne.

“Crown’s first priority is the health and safety of its employees, guests and the community.”

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