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Illegal Overseas Gambling Sites Not Worth The Risks

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The NSW Office of Responsible Gambling (ORG) has urged people not to gamble using overseas gambling sites such as casino games and slot machines.

Director of ORG Natalie Wright said that with many sports suspended, and pubs, clubs and casinos temporarily closed, there is a risk that more people will turn to these sites that are not regulated.

“Overseas gambling websites are illegal in Australia, and people who use them face additional risks than when they gamble with a licensed Australian operator,” Ms Wright said.

“Some of these sites look legitimate, and they even look like they are Australian by using images such as the Australian flag and native animals.”

As these companies are located offshore, players are at a high risk of not seeing their money again.

“These sites are illegal under the Commonwealth Interactive Gambling Act 2001, and because they’re not regulated, there are no safeguards to protect people,” Ms Wright added.

Under the legislation, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has the power to ask internet service providers to block overseas gambling sites operating illegally in Australia.

Common risks associated with overseas gambling sites include:

  • not being able to access winnings
  • winnings or credit disappearing when operators shut down or move
  • operators withdrawing additional funds from players’ bank accounts without approval.

Illegal overseas gambling sites can include:

  • casino-style games
  • slot machines
  • scratchies
  • betting on the outcome of lotteries or keno (‘synthetic’ lotteries)
  • services that provide ‘in-play’ betting on sports events
  • wagering services not licensed by an Australian state or territory.

“For people that do want to gamble online, you should only use services licensed in Australia, as there are consumer safeguards in place and responsible gambling options, such as the ability to set time and expenditure limits,” Ms Wright said.

The NSW Gambling Helpline and online treatment and support services remain available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can be reached on 1800 858 858 or gamblinghelp.nsw.gov.au.

More information about illegal overseas gambling websites:

www.responsiblegambling.nsw.gov.au/about-gambling/gambling-on-overseas-websites

More information about gambling online:

www.responsiblegambling.nsw.gov.au/about-gambling/gambling-online

To report an illegal operator please visit ACMA’s website:

https://www.acma.gov.au/protect-yourself-illegal-gambling-operators

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CASHTOCODE ENTERS AUSTRALIAN MARKET WITH EPAY AUSTRALIA

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New alternative deposit option for Australian based licenced wagering, skill game and lottery operators 

CashtoCode, the instant deposit service for online betting, skill, and lottery operators, today announced its expansion into Australia via a partnership with epay Australia.  The service is now live across more than 2,000 retail locations including petrol stations, newsagents, and small independent stores, with plans to increase that number to 11,000 later this year.

CashtoCode enables Australian users to top up a variety of online wallets accounts via cash or deposits made in store, and it is aiming its service at online betting brands that have gained an Australian license for online sports betting and skill games.

There are more than 25 licensed online wagering, lottery, and skill-based businesses in Australia. CashtoCode hopes that these kinds of brands will be looking to add cash deposits to their payment portfolios, to offer their customers more variety, and appeal to those that prefer cash payments for privacy, security, and self-control reasons.

For Australian operators, a top priority when considering new deposit options is increasing distribution. epay is the largest private network of prepaid terminals in Australia and enables a range of retail venues in the country to offer mobile top ups, payment services and bill payments such as prepaid utility. epay locations nationwide include BP, Shell, Coles, Woolworths, IGA, WHSmiths and a number of small convenience stores.

This is the first time that CashtoCode has been made available in Australia, and it follows multiple successful expansion efforts in 2021, including other countries in Asia Pacific, some Africa nations, and markets across Latin America.

CashtoCode is a closed-loop cash deposit option that is low-risk for operators, since its vouchers cannot be transferred between users. They can only be redeemed by the account holder/customer, thereby eliminating the risk of fraud, money laundering or chargebacks – all three being common concerns in the online betting and wagering industry.

“Australia offers a fantastic business opportunity for online wagering and betting brands,” said CashtoCode CEO and co-founder, Jens Bader. “It is a thriving market and one we’re keen to play a part in. We’ve seen in Europe and our other international markets that cash can be a great payment option for customers that are keen to control their payment speed, or simply prefer it for privacy reasons. We expect to see the same situation in Australia, and believe that many Australian operators are looking to diversify their payment options for players.”

 

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Foxtel Breaks Rules with Live Sport Betting Promotion

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Foxtel has breached broadcasting rules by airing a segment promoting a betting service during the live broadcast of an AFL match on Easter Monday afternoon.

An Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) investigation found the broadcast breached the rules in the Subscription Broadcast Television Codes of Practice.

ACMA Chair Nerida O’Loughlin said under the rules broadcasters must not air gambling advertising during or within five minutes of live sports broadcast between 5 am and 8.30 pm.

“These rules are in place to reduce exposure to betting promotions. In particular, parents worry about their children seeing gambling ads, especially those associated with shared family activities like sport,” Ms. O’Loughlin said.

“Foxtel is well aware of the rules and it is disappointing that this betting promotion was allowed to go to air.”

Foxtel self-reported the breach to the ACMA following a complaint from a viewer. The breach of the rules occurred as a result of human error during the live broadcast.

Following the breach finding, Foxtel provided refresher training to staff about Foxtel’s obligations relating to betting advertising under the Code. Foxtel has also introduced new controls to ensure that gambling advertisements are not improperly broadcast during live sporting events in the future.

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Lawrence Levy Resigns as CEO of Ainsworth Game Technology

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Ainsworth Game Technology has announced that Lawrence Levy has advised the Company of his intention to resign from the role of CEO effective Friday 10th September 2021.

The Company also announced that Harald Neumann will be appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer. Neumann has been a director of Ainsworth since February 2017.

Mark Ludski, Chief Financial Officer, will undertake the additional role of interim CEO until the appointment of Neumann takes effect to ensure continuity of leadership and oversight of the Company’s operations.

“On behalf of the Board, we thank Lawrence for his contribution through challenging times. Lawrence has decided to resign for personal reasons, and we wish him well. We are fortunate to be able to appoint Harald as our new CEO. As the former successful CEO of Novomatic AG, our major shareholder, and a director of AGT, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role with a thorough understanding of AGT. He will be able to seamlessly transition to the new position. Harald will be based in Las Vegas where he can lead AGT in our largest market continuing to drive growth and recovery,” Danny Gladstone, Chairman of Ainsworth, said.

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