More NSW bonus woe for betting firms

More NSW bonus woe for betting firms

Monday, December 7, 2015 Totally Gaming
The regulator has brought charges against four operators

New South Wales’ (NSW) gambling regulator has prosecuted four more companies over infringements of state laws.

Betchoice (trading as Unibet), Crownbet, Hillside (trading as Bet365) and Tabcorp have been indicted under the terms of the Racing Administration Regulation 2012, which bans the publishing of gambling advertisements that offer residents of the Australian region any credit or reward as an inducement to participate in gambling, with maximum fines of $5,500. The ban was expanded to include all types of published gambling inducements from December 1.

A Tabcorp spokesman told the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper that the company would be defending the charge, which was brought by the Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing (OLGR).

The OLGR last month issued a renewed warning to wagering operators that the publication of wagering inducements in NSW is “not acceptable”. 

It followed the prosecution and conviction of Ladbrokes on three counts of illegal gambling advertising in NSW resulting in a fine of $7,500 and orders to pay legal costs of $18,000. Sportsbetting.com.au and ClassicBet were also fined more than AUS$1,000 each in September after being found guilty of infringements.

New South Wales recently announced plans to ban live-betting advertisements during sporting events shorter than four hours, starting in March 2016.
 

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