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Australia’s ACMA Moves to Block More Illegal Offshore Gambling Websites

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Australia’s ACMA Moves to Block More Illegal Offshore Gambling Websites
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The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is set to request Australian internet service providers (ISPs) to block more illegal offshore gambling websites.

The sites to be blocked are Planet 7 Oz, Ace Pokies, Nordicasino, Reeltastic, Spintropolis, Enzo Casino, Times Square Casino and Royal Spinz.

Following numerous complaints about these services, including complaints about withholding winnings and poor player treatment, the ACMA undertook investigations that found them to be operating in breach of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001.

Website blocking provides a valuable opportunity to alert the public to illegal gambling services through the messaging that appears when there is an attempt to access the site.

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Victorian Government Announces Royal Commission into Crown Casino

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The Victorian Government has announced the establishment of a royal commission into Crown Resorts, to test the operator’s suitability to hold its Melbourne casino licence.

Former Federal Court judge Raymond Finkelstein, QC, will lead the inquiry. The Government had previously established a review into Crown’s suitability, which will occur in parallel with the royal commission.

It comes after an 18-month-long New South Wales inquiry into Crown, in which former Supreme Court judge Patricia Bergin examined evidence of the operator facilitating money laundering and its links to organised crime. That NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority (ILGA) inquiry found Crown unfit to hold a licence at its new Sydney casino.

“Since receiving [that] report, the Government has taken advice about the most appropriate way to proceed in Victoria,” a statement from the Victorian Government read.

“Establishing a royal commission will ensure the most appropriate access to information regarding Crown Melbourne’s suitability to hold the casino licence given the commission’s powers to compel witnesses and documentation.”

Crown acknowledged the decision shortly after, with the operator also announcing the resignation of long-serving director Harold Mitchell from the company’s board.

Helen Coonan, Crown’s executive chairman, commented: “Crown welcomes the announcement from the Victorian Government as it provides an opportunity to detail the reforms and changes to our business to deliver the highest standards of governance and compliance, and an organisational culture that meets community expectations.

“Victorians should be assured we recognise the responsibility placed on us by the community, governments and regulators and we will fully cooperate with the royal commission.”

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Mark Crocker Joins ReelPlay as COO

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MARK CROCKER JOINS REELPLAY AS CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
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Second recent senior appointment to strengthen ReelPlay management

Sydney based online gaming studio ReelPlay, home of the original Infinity Reels™, today announce the appointment of Mark Crocker as Chief Operating Officer.

Crocker joins the business as COO after successful periods in senior operational roles at NextGen Gaming, SG Digital and Animal Logic.

Crocker said “I’m delighted to have joined ReelPlay as COO. I look forward to working across the business to help achieve our aims of building on ReelPlay’s solid existing partnerships whilst delivering on our expansion plans into new markets and verticals. With great credit to the team, we enter an exciting period for the business.”

ReelPlay CEO Dave Johnson said: “We’re very excited to welcome Mark to the team. As a former valued colleague to many of us, he was on our radar for some time and I’m in no doubt Mark will lead the way in positioning us to deliver on our operational goals. With ReelPlay games now extending their global reach whilst we continue to offer game build, math, marketing, integration and commercial expertise to partner studios, it was important to bring in someone of Mark’s calibre to best manage our efforts across the group.”

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ACMA to Block 18 More Illegal Gambling Websites

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ACMA to Block 18 More Illegal Gambling Websites
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The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is set to request Australian internet service providers (ISPs) to block 18 more illegal offshore gambling websites.

Following numerous complaints about these services, the ACMA undertook investigations which 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, a total of 222 illegal gambling websites have been blocked.

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