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Illegal Overseas Gambling Sites Not Worth The Risks

George Miller

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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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Crown Resorts Director John Poynton Resigns from Board

Niji Narayan

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Crown Resorts has said that director John Poynton had quit the board over accusations he was too close to top shareholder James Packer, as another regulator said it was probing the troubled casino operator.

Poynton’s departure is the latest in a string of executive exits at the casino operator that is one-third owned by billionaire Packer, after an inquiry accused it of money laundering and governance issues.

The representative of Packer’s private company had been on Crown’s board since 2018. After a regulator rebuked Packer’s control over the board, Poynton said last month he was ending his arrangement with Packer and would stay as an independent director.

But on Monday Crown Executive Chair Helen Coonan said the regulator, the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority (ILGA), considered it appropriate that Poynton step down “due to a perceived lack of independence arising out of his past relationship” with Packer.

Poynton agreed to resign “despite no adverse findings by the commissioner in the ILGA inquiry in relation to his suitability, integrity or performance”, Coonan said.

Three Australian states have either held or said they would hold inquiries into Crown since Australian media reports accused the company of doing business with tour operators with ties to organised crime.

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Sportradar Signs Data and Audio-visual Partnership with NBL1

Niji Narayan

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Sportradar has signed a long-term data and audio-visual partnership with Australia’s professional semi-elite basketball league, NBL1.

The new deal covers all national NBL1 Conferences for both men’s and women’s competitions, as well as the Victorian-based State Championship.

Sportradar has secured the official data and audio-visual rights to over 1500 Australian basketball games annually, which the company will supply to its downstream partners alongside other basketball properties in its portfolio such as the National Basketball Association (NBA) whom it has worked with since 2016.

David Edwards, Sportradar Director of Sports Media and Partnerships, Oceania, said: “We’re very pleased to secure a long-term official data and audio-visual rights agreement with one of the most exciting semi-professional sporting leagues in the region. The NBL1 competition is a stepping stone to the NBL, one of the world’s top professional basketball leagues, and it is important that they have a flexible, state of the art technology platform to help showcase that talent and engage new fans.”

NBL1 Chief Commercial Officer Brad Joyner said: “Sportradar’s technology and data-driven approach is especially effective and relevant in today’s sporting environment. Their knowledge of Australian sports and fans, together with their technology-focused approach and global track record in sports content was instrumental in our decision to announce Sportradar as our Official Data Partner to the NBL1 Competitions.”

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National Party Opposes Proposal for Prepaid Gambling Cards in NSW

Niji Narayan

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The National Party has opposed the proposal for prepaid gambling cards in New South Wales.

The idea of pre-paid cards was introduced late last year by Victor Dominello as a way to help people manage their gambling. Players would be required to register to obtain a government-regulated card, which would then allow them to preload money and use it for gaming purposes in various venues.

The discussion of the proposal gained new traction after Patricia Bergin, in her report into Crown Resorts, stated the cards would be a good system to combat money-laundering.

MP Andrew Wilkie, an advocate for gambling reform, supports the card because it can “significantly reduce money-laundering and provide opportunities for reducing the prevalence of gambling addiction.”

He is also quoted as saying it is important NSW is leading this discussion because the “state is home to about half the country’s poker machines, as well as the poker machine industry’s most strident advocates.”

“The community now understands much more clearly the harm caused by poker machines. Moreover, revelations like the Bergin Crown inquiry have alerted people to the importance of gambling for money-laundering,” Wilkie said.

However, the Nationals party remains sceptical and its leader John Barilaro argues this is “not the time to strangle pubs and clubs with red tape.”

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