Operators in New South Wales under scrutiny
A literal crackdown on illegal advertising has just been announced in New South Wales after the government managed to successfully prosecute two operators this past week. The Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing (OLGR) has warned companies that they will be keeping an eye on them, especially on sports betting operators that try to encourage residents of their country to gamble.
The Racing Administration Regulation from 2012 prevents operators from advertising to their residents by offering them special credits, vouchers or rewards as an incentive to join their sites.
Two companies have already been hit with lawsuits in this past week. These companies were offering 100% and 200% bonuses to new clients that deposited funds into betting accounts. The citizens of New South Wales were not excluded from the offer so the government had a valid case.
Deputy Chief Magistrate Jane Mottley convicted and fined that company for AUS $1650 and ordered them to also pay the legal costs for OLGR which were worth $1800.
Sean Goodchild who is the acting director of compliance and enforcement at OLGR had this to say : “The wagering industry is warned they are being monitored – including social media and company websites – and if the material is found to offer illegal gambling inducements to NSW residents then action will be taken. Further prosecutions are currently pending against several other wagering operators.”