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Lottoland Sues ACMA Over Jackpot Betting

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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.

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ACMA Moves to Block Two More Illegal Gambling Websites

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The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is set to request the Australian internet service providers (ISPs) to block two more illegal offshore gambling websites.

The sites to be blocked are Dinkum Pokies and Fortune Clock Casino. Following numerous complaints about these services, including complaints about withholding winnings and poor player treatment, ACMA undertook investigations that found them to be operating in breach of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001.

Website blocking is one of a range of enforcement options to protect Australians against illegal online gambling. Since the ACMA made its first blocking request in November 2019, 150 illegal gambling websites have been blocked.

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INTRALOT Australia Congratulates Lotterywest for their COVID-19 Relief Fund Initiative

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INTRALOT Australia, a subsidiary of INTRALOT Group, would like to congratulate our partners at Lotterywest, the State Lottery of Western Australia, on their relief fund initiative to ensure continued support for community groups impacted by COVID-19.

“We would like to congratulate Lotterywest for establishing a pandemic-solidarity response fund to support the wider Western Australian communities and economies affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. We look forward to continue working with Lotterywest and enable the lottery with our technology towards fulfilling its purpose in contributing to good causes,” said Dr. Chris Dimitriadis, INTRALOT Group CEO.

“We have been privileged to be selected from Lotterywest since 2007 as its Technology Vendor and we are proud to be contributing all these years with our Gaming Technology. Lotteries globally provide funds to the local economies, communities, and vulnerable groups and Lotterywest’s Covid-19 Relief Fund is proof of its social empathy and support,” said Marios Mitromaras, CEO, INTRALOT Australia and INTRALOT Gaming Services.

Lotterywest has established a $159 million COVID-19 relief fund to provide support to organisations that are helping people experiencing hardship. All available profits Lotterywest makes from every jackpot, draw and ticket will go directly into this fund to assist the Western Australian community to recover.

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NSW Government Proposes Mandatory Cashless Poker Machine Card

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The NSW state government is planning to introduce cashless pre-loaded cards for poker machines.

Under the proposal, anyone using a poker machine in NSW would be required to register a card with the state government on which money would be pre-loaded. The card would be linked to the state exclusion register to instantly identify self-excluded players.

“Gaming revenue has fallen 14% year-on-year as a result of the 10-week industry shutdown, while food and beverage takings are down 60% to 70%,” Clubs NSW chief Josh Landis said.

“I don’t think anyone would agree that the middle of a pandemic is the right time to introduce onerous new compliance requirements.”

Tim Costello, head of the Alliance for Gambling Reform, offered his support for introducing a cashless card, describing NSW as “effectively the non-casino pokies capital of the world.” He did, however, express concern that using a pre-loaded card may result in players “losing the sense of losing ‘real’ money if everything was digital … but this could be overcome with the right design and functionality.”

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