The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) instructed the nation’s ISPs (internet service providers) to add to their blacklists nine international online casinos who were found to operate illegally. The brands are the following: Roo Casino, GW Casino, Wager Beat, Joe Fortune, Ignition Casino, Casino Dingo, AU Slots, Top Bet, and XBet.
ACMA was called into action after almost 80 complaints by players arrived at their offices. The regulator investigated the mentioned brands and decided that they were breaching the Interactive Gambling Act of 2001, therefore they should be banned.
The players of those websites were warned to withdraw their funds from them as the sites won’t be operational in Australia soon. This isn’t the first time that the regulator has to make use of its power and force an offshore casino out of the country. Since 2017 more than 90 companies were found to target Australian players without having a license and they were led to cease operations.
The regulator exercises its power given by section 313 of the Telecommunications Act and allows ACMA to expel whichever international casino brand doesn’t comply with Australia’s law and regulations.
Australian state has declared war against offshore international operators for decades. According to Communications Minister, Paul Fletcher, Australian citizens spent approximately AU$400m on illegal gambling, thus they cost AU$100m in lost taxation to the state! Mr Fletcher elaborating on this opinion added that ACMA has numerous ways to confront such businesses but its task is difficult due to the uncertain ownership structure of the illegal operators. However, he praised the efforts of ACMA by stating that it’s doing an exceptional effort especially if someone considers the burdens they have to face.
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