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AUSTRAC Launches SkyCity Adelaide Penalty Proceedings


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The Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre is launching civil penalty proceedings against SkyCity Adelaide for alleged serious and systemic anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing failures.

AUSTRAC is looking into the operator after an enforcement investigation into SkyCity in June last year. The investigation was a result of an AUSTRAC industry-wide compliance campaign that began in September 2019.

The government agency alleges that SkyCity Adelaide failed to appropriately assess the money laundering and terrorism financing risks it faced, including the likelihood and impact of those risks, and to identify and respond to changes in risk over time.

SkyCity also allegedly did not include in its AML/CTF programmes appropriate risk-based systems and controls to mitigate the risks to which SkyCity was exposed.

AUSTRAC thirdly alleges, among more claims, that SkyCity did not conduct appropriate ongoing customer due diligence on a range of customers who presented higher money laundering risks.

AUSTRAC deputy CEO Peter Soros said: “The requirement for regulated entities to have appropriate AML/CTF controls and systems in place is not optional and should be taken seriously by all businesses regulated by AUSTRAC.

“AUSTRAC continues to work with SkyCity to ensure it complies with its obligations under the AML/CTF Act and to ensure it continues to meet its obligations in the future.”

Soros said the ruling – the third civil penalty proceeding AUSTRAC has brought against businesses operating in the casino sector – “should serve as a warning.”

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Aristocrat Completes Acquisition of Roxor Gaming

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Aristocrat Leisure Limited announced the completion of the acquisition of Roxor Gaming Limited (Roxor), a B2B online Real Money Gaming (RMG) supplier, following the receipt of all necessary gaming regulatory pre-approvals. The agreement to acquire Roxor was announced in September 2022.

Roxor will form part of Aristocrat’s online RMG business, Anaxi. Roxor’s Remote Game Server and content publishing technology will accelerate Anaxi’s strategy to grow in the iGaming market.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Roxor to Anaxi and the broader Aristocrat group. With our ambition to be the leading gaming platform for the regulated online RMG industry, the addition of Roxor to our team is an exciting and important step forward. The Roxor team is exceptionally talented, and we look forward to growing together,” Mitchell Bowen, CEO of Anaxi, said.

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BetMakers Announces Board Changes

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Australian wagering market technology supplier BetMakers has announced a reshuffle in its board, appointing Matt Davey as its President and Executive Chairman and shifting former CEO Todd Buckingham to a non-board role.

Buckingham is set to “refocus” as the Chief Growth Officer of the company, while Jack Henson, the company’s former Chief Operating Officer, will assume the role of CEO.

The changes, according to a Tuesday morning release, are effective immediately.

The group notes that the changes in management are “designed to allow the Company to maximize and increase profits on its mature and developed businesses by addressing operational efficiencies and creating more scalable processes”.

It also hopes the changes will allow teams to “focus on capitalizing on the international opportunities that are emerging”.

Under the new board shuffle, the new President will “provide strategic direction, oversight and prioritization”, former CEO Buckingham will “focus on developing and executing international opportunities”, and new CEO Henson will “focus on driving the operational excellence of the business and optimizing profitability”.

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Stats Perform to exclusively distribute Australian Open video and data rights in extensive new partnership with Tennis Australia to make every game, set and match mean more

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Stats Perform will be the exclusive distributor of live video streaming and ultrafast data to licensed sports betting operators for Tennis Australia, including cutting-edge new features to make every game, set and match mean more.

The multi-year agreement sees Stats Perform add the Australian Open, Australian Open Qualifying and other TA tournaments to its wide portfolio of premium live betting streams and trading data.

Tennis Australia will use Stats Perform’s media tools including Opta Facts, PressBox Graphics and extensive news services to build bigger audiences for Tennis Australia and Australian tennis players as they compete on year-round global tours.

Stats Perform’s Integrity division will also join forces with TA’s in-house Integrity Unit to monitor all matches for potential match manipulation. 

This will include Stats Perform Integrity’s core services on competition and match integrity risk management, namely pre-tournament risk assessments as well as monitoring, intelligence and analysis of the global markets along with performance analysis and investigation of any instances of suspected match manipulation.

The deep integrity support will also provide access to investigative services incorporating digital forensics and due diligence to ensure a robust approach to managing risk around tennis played in Australia. 

Cedric Conelis, Tennis Australia Chief Revenue Officer, commented, “Stats Perform has a reputation for trust and innovation, making them a clear choice and providing more opportunities for us to reach and engage with our fans.”

Carl Mergele, CEO, Stats Perform, added, “Our focus is on extending the incredible entertainment on the court or field, to help those in the sports business capture more fan attention, for longer. We are honoured to have been chosen to work with Tennis Australia – an organisation which shares our goal of protecting and elevating the fan experience, for new and existing tennis audiences across the globe.”  

The deal is the latest addition to Stats Perform’s growing portfolio of tennis rights, which includes the WTA Tour, Wimbledon, ITF Davis Cup World Group and the Billie Jean Cup.

The announcement comes shortly after Stats Perform claimed Best Sports Data Provider for Opta and RunningBall, and Best Mobile Innovation, for Instant Highlights and Smart Stats Overlays™, at the SBC Awards. 

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