Sports fans are set to enjoy more games free of sports betting ads with Cricket NSW and A-League football clubs Western Sydney Wanderers FC and Macarthur FC extending their partnerships under the NSW Government’s Reclaim the Game initiative.
CEO of Hospitality and Racing, Anthony Keon, said the extensions are a major boost for Reclaim the Game, which is challenging the idea that betting is a normal part of sport.
“The extended partnerships are a strong show of faith in Reclaim the Game as sporting franchises realise the importance of rejecting sports betting advertising and promoting gambling awareness among their supporters,” Mr Keon said.
“We now have fourteen teams from five codes turning down sports betting sponsorships and making gambling awareness and education an important part of their work.”
Cricket NSW’s two-year extension will see the rejection of sports betting advertising at home games of the men’s and women’s Big Bash teams, the Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder and also their state teams NSW Blues and NSW Breakers.
Cricket NSW CEO Lee Germon said the partnership extension would allow Cricket NSW to continue to make important inroads in helping to prevent – and reduce – the harm gambling can cause individuals, families, and society.
“Since joining forces with the Office of Responsible Gambling, Cricket NSW has made a meaningful contribution towards changing the community’s attitudes towards betting on sport,” said Mr Germon.
“We’re proud to be able to continue to play an active part in educating children that gambling is not a part of sport, and that gambling on sport is a bad bet.
“Cricket NSW will continue to do all we can to counter the constant sports betting advertising and the adverse effect it has on young people – young men, in particular – and their families.”
Western Sydney Wanderers’ partnership has been extended for a further two seasons and includes the women’s team for the first time, while Macarthur FC has signed on for an extra season. These extensions will be in place for the upcoming A-league season which kicks off on Friday 7 October.
Western Sydney Wanderers CEO Scott Hudson said he was proud to be continuing the relationship for the next two seasons.
“It is important for us to have an impact beyond the field and together with Reclaim the Game we have brought awareness of the impact that sports betting can have in professional sport,” said Mr Hudson.
“We are delighted that this partnership has now extended to our A-League Women’s team, and we look forward to continuing to build our relationship with Reclaim the Game over the next two years.”
Macarthur FC Group CEO, Sam Krslovic said “We are proud to continue our partnership with Reclaim the Game and be part of this positive initiative. Our community wellbeing is our primary focus and we feel it is important to promote a healthy connection between our game and our fans.”
Mr Keon said Reclaim the Game partners play a vital role in educating fans, players and staff about the risks associated with gambling.
“Reclaim the Game is a great way to reach young men who are most at risk of gambling harm with an estimated 41 per cent of regular sports bettors experiencing one or more gambling-related problems,” Mr Keon said.
“Online sports betting is on the rise with one in 20 adults in NSW betting on sports and growing community concern that children and young people are being exposed to too much gambling advertising.
“Research shows that almost 50 per cent of 12–17-year-olds saw gambling advertising on television during sports and racing events on a weekly basis and almost 1 in 3 young people considered betting on sports to be normal.
“Reclaim the Game is about getting back to what sport is all about – watching, enjoying and cheering on your team without intrusive sports betting ads getting in the way.
“We are so pleased that Cricket NSW, Western Sydney Wanderers and Macarthur FC will continue to reclaim the game and provide a family friendly environment for their fans to enjoy games without being bombarded by betting ads.”
If you or someone you care about needs support or advice, please call GambleAware on 1800 858 858 for free and confidential help and support 24/7.
These Reclaim the Game partnership extensions come in the leadup to GambleAware Week, an annual initiative for the NSW community to raise awareness about the risks of gambling and gambling harm. GambleAware Week will take place from Monday 17 October – Sunday 23 October 2022.
AUSTRAC Launches SkyCity Adelaide Penalty Proceedings
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.”
Best 7 Australian Online Casinos – Top Casino sites 2022
In the digital age, land-based casinos could soon become a thing of the past. The number of people playing at online casinos is rising because it is more convenient than traditional methods. In addition, the casino world has progressively shifted online, making more people interested in playing casino games from home. With the thousands of online casinos currently in existence, it can be challenging to know which ones are worth your time. This article will introduce you to some of the internet’s most famous Australian casinos that offer great bonuses and features. For detailed research, visit Spin-paradise and their page about online casinos Australia. These experts will show you what to look for in a gambling site.
Top 7 Australian Casinos
Now let’s review some of the top 7 Australian-based online casinos.
1. Croco Casino
This online casino has been operating since 2021 and offers various games, such as slots, blackjack, roulette, and more. Players can also enjoy their VIP rewards program, which offers multiple bonuses and cashback. Also, the site is secured with SSL encryption, which guarantees that all payments are safe and secure.
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SlotoZen casino is one of the best Australian casinos. It offers over 2000 games from leading game developers, including video slots, table games, and live casino options. The site also ensures secure payment methods with its advanced encryption technology.
4. Casino Rocket
Casino Rocket is an excellent choice for Aussies who want to enjoy their favourite casino games. This online casino offers over 1000 slots, table games, and live dealer options from top software providers. The site also provides secure banking with its reliable encryption technology.
5. Casino Mate
Casino Mate is another famous Australian casino that offers secure banking, fast withdrawals, and exclusive bonuses. The site features over 1500 games from leading developers such as Microgaming and NetEnt. Also, the site provides a secure gaming environment with its encryption technology.
6. Zoome Casino
Zoome casino is an Australian-friendly online casino that offers a fantastic selection of slots, table games, and live dealer titles. The site also provides secure payment methods via its advanced encryption technology. Additionally, the casino offers exclusive bonuses and VIP rewards to its players.
7. King Billy Casino
King Billy casino is one of the best Australian casinos that offer exclusive bonuses and a great selection of games. The site features over 2000 slots, table games, and live dealer titles from leading developers. Additionally, the casino provides secure payment methods with its advanced encryption technology.
We hope this list has given you insight into some of the top online casinos for Australians in 2022.
How to choose the best Australian online casino? Top tips
With so many great choices, knowing which is best for you can take time and effort. To make sure you have the best experience possible, we recommend considering the following factors before making your selection:
- Bonuses and Promotions – Look for casinos that offer generous welcome bonuses and ongoing promotions. It will help you get more value out of your deposits and maximise your chances of winning.
- Game Selection – Check out the game selection to ensure a wide variety of titles from top developers. It provides you can play your favourite games and enjoy new ones.
- Security – Ensure the casino has an SSL encryption system for secure payments and other security measures such as firewalls and anti-virus protection. It will guarantee that your data is safe and protected.
- Payment Methods – Look for casinos that accept a wide range of payment methods, including bank transfers, credit/debit cards, and e-Wallets. It ensures you can easily make deposits and withdrawals with ease.
- Customer Support – Check out the customer support services, such as live chat and email. It is essential in case you have any questions or problems while playing.
- Mobile Compatibility – Ensure the casino is compatible with all mobile devices, including Android and iOS. It will ensure you can play your favourite games on the go.
Considering these factors, you’ll be sure to find a safe and secure Australian online casino that offers great bonuses and an exciting game selection. Good luck!
We hope this article has given you a better understanding of the best online casinos for Australians in 2022. With so many great choices, each offering its bonuses and promotions, security measures, game selection, payment methods and customer service options, there is sure to be something perfect for everyone! So make sure to take your time and research before making your choice, and good luck with your gambling journey! Happy playing!
Super Fantasy Soccer hits the top spot for Low6 and Sportsbet
Low6, the award-winning global leader in sports gamification, has launched a game with Sportsbet, part of Flutter Entertainment plc and the market leader in online sports betting across Australia, for the World Cup.
Super Fantasy Soccer, which has launched as the partnership’s first game, is a spin-off of the hugely successful UltimateFan franchise. Within 36 hours of its release it has already topped the charts becoming No.1 Top Free Apps in Sports on the App Store in Australia.
The innovative whitelabel game issues and rewards players with ‘packdrops’ which reveal athletes and team cards to create lineups for each World Cup contest. With points being earned from the real-life performances, players compete on a global leaderboard to win a $50,000 prizepool every gameweek as well as the ability to create and join Invitational Leagues to compete against their friends, family and colleagues. Sportsbet’s live odds are also integrated into the gameplay to further enhance the experience.
UltimateFan has already proved to be a huge hit for Low6 with over 200,000 Installs for the game to date. Launched initially for the Euro 2020 soccer tournament, within weeks of the English Premier League season starting it had become the Number One Top Grossing Sports App in the UK and the No.2 Most Downloaded UK Sports App. With franchised games for the NFL Cincinnati Bengals, Jacksonville Jaguars and LA Chargers, it scooped “Fantasy Product” and “Innovation of the Year” at the EGR Awards as well as Low6 being recognised as “B2B Fantasy & DFS Supplier” at the EGR B2B Awards 2022.
Jamie Mitchell, Low6 CEO comments “We’re very proud to be working with Sportsbet and excited to help them continue to grow their market-leading position in Australia with innovative gamification. Given the success of UltimateFan, we’re confident that our leading sports products will acquire new Sportsbet users on mass as well as increasing daily active users throughout the World Cup and beyond.”
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