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Lottoland Sues ACMA Over Jackpot Betting

Niji Narayan

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Lottoland, the Gibraltar based online gambling company, has launched legal action against the federal government for allegedly infringing the gambling laws.

This all begins when the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) made investigation on Lottoland’s jackpot betting and revealed “Several Lottoland online jackpot betting services were games of chance which are prohibited. These included the Mon and Wed Jackpot, Tue Jackpot, Thu Jackpot, US Millions, and US Power jackpot betting services.”

Lottoland’s Australian business has filed legal action in the New South Wales Supreme Court against ACMA and says “we believe their view on jackpot betting is wrong.” The company said it believed its jackpot betting products, which had been approved by Australian licensing authorities, were compliant with Australian law.

“We have worked hard to adapt to recent changes to the law, and we are committed to providing exciting new products that our customers love. By taking this stand against ACMA, we are fighting for the rights of hundreds of thousands of Australians who enjoy the occasional flutter. We are fighting for freedom of choice,” Lottoland Australia chief executive Luke Brill said.

ACMA said that Lottoland disputed its findings on jackpot betting and had launched legal action. “ACMA will not be making further comment while legal proceedings are on foot,” it said.

Niji Narayan has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. He reports gaming industry headlines from all around the globe.

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Two ALH-run hotels on North Coast to disciplinary complaint over gaming practices

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The NSW Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority (ILGA) will consider a disciplinary complaint alleging that two ALH-run hotels on the North Coast illegally gave free alcohol to gaming machine players to keep them gambling.

Liquor & Gaming NSW has lodged the complaint against Westower Tavern at West Ballina and South Tweed Tavern at South Tweed Heads.

This follows a comprehensive investigation into ALH venues which included inspections of more than 50 NSW hotels, with more focused investigations into four hotels.

The investigation included covert surveillance, coercive interviews of licensees, staff and other witnesses, review of CCTV, and examination of records and systems.

In two cases, where sufficient evidence was obtained, disciplinary complaints have been lodged.

In the other two cases, which involved Sydney metropolitan hotels, there was insufficient evidence to proceed to a formal complaint.

The complaint lodged with ILGA alleges that the practice of supplying gaming patrons free alcohol was systemic at both North Coast hotels.

Under NSW gaming laws, it is illegal to offer or supply free or discounted alcohol to induce gambling.

ILGA has broad disciplinary powers where it is satisfied that any of the grounds on which the complaint was made apply.

For hotels that breach gaming laws, penalties include formal reprimands, fines up to $110,000 and suspension or cancellation of licences.

It is not appropriate to make any further comment until ILGA has considered the complaint.

It is usual practice for ILGA to publish reasons for decisions once it finalises disciplinary complaint proceedings.

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Have Your Say On NSW Gaming Machine And Casino Regulations

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The NSW Government is inviting community and industry feedback on a number of minor administrative changes being proposed as part of a mandatory remake of the Gaming Machines Regulation 2010 and Casino Control Regulation 2009, which are due to expire on 1 September.

The proposals seek to align the regulations with modern practice by updating descriptions of compliance processes and general terminology.

There are also plans to update harm minimisation measures to help prevent and reduce gambling harms.

Casinos and venues with gaming machines need clear and effective regulations to ensure they operate with the highest standards of integrity and compliance, and practise responsible conduct of gambling.

The proposed regulations and Regulatory Impact Statements explaining their effects, costs and benefits are available on the Liquor & Gaming NSW website.

Feedback is welcome and will be considered before the proposed regulations are finalised.

Submissions close on Wednesday 17 July.  To find out more about the proposed regulations and how to submit your feedback, visit https://www.liquorandgaming.nsw.gov.au/community-and-stakeholders/have-your-say/community-consultations/current-consultations

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Community members to share experiences of harm from online gambling to help others

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The Gambling Impact Society (GIS) has launched its Lived Experience Project to help the community better understand harms linked to online gambling by hearing from people with first-hand experience.

The project, funded by the NSW Office of Responsible Gambling, is seeking people from across NSW who have personal experience of online gambling harm to share their story.

Peer educators are supported to deliver one-hour community education sessions across NSW regional centres. Audiences will include community members, welfare services, community groups, health services and corporate organisations.

The Director of the Office of Responsible Gambling, Natalie Wright, said: “We hope to build community awareness of the harm that can be experienced by some people from online gambling through this project, and encourage those struggling to seek help.”

The program harnesses the power of real-life experiences as a powerful tool in helping people understand the impacts problem gambling can have.

“It’s common for people at risk of gambling harm to relate easily to others who have experienced what they are going through and overcome their problem,” Kate Roberts, Executive Officer of GIS, said.

“Starting a conversation can help de-stigmatise the subject of problem gambling and encourage people who are suffering in silence to reach out for help.”

The project is working towards spreading awareness about problem gambling and promoting self-help and professional support to those affected. While helping individuals who may be affected by gambling harm, community and welfare services can also benefit from increased understanding of problem gambling.

This support is part of the NSW Government’s record $25 million funding commitment in 2018/19 to help tackle gambling harm in communities across NSW.

If you are interested in becoming a part of this project, or if you would like more information on the project, please contact Kate Roberts 0401 370 042 or email info@ginsw.org.au.

For more information on the Gambling Impact Society visit www.ginsw.org.au.

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