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ACMA Intensifies Crackdown on Illegal Gambling, Blocks More Websites to Protect Australian Consumers

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The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has intensified its efforts to combat illegal gambling activities by requesting internet service providers (ISPs) to block more websites found to be violating the Interactive Gambling Act 2001. This latest action aims to further protect Australian consumers from unregulated and potentially harmful gambling services.

The newly blocked websites include:

  • Jogi Casino
  • Dundee Slots
  • Lucky Hunter
  • Lucky Wins
  • Lukki Casino
  • Spin Fever
  • Clubhouse Casino
  • Winport Casino

According to a press release published by the ACMA, these websites were offering prohibited interactive gambling services to Australian customers (including online casinos, slot machines, and in-play sports betting services), operating an unlicensed regulated interactive gambling service in Australia or advertising prohibited or unlicensed interactive gambling services within Australia.

Since initiating its first blocking request in November 2019, the ACMA has successfully blocked 975 illegal gambling and affiliate websites. Additionally, over 220 illicit services have exited the Australian market as a result of the ACMA’s enforcement actions against offshore gambling operations.

The ACMA emphasizes that even services appearing legitimate might lack essential consumer protections, leaving users vulnerable if issues such as withheld winnings arise. Australians are advised to verify the licensing status of wagering services on the ACMA’s official register.

Multiple Websites Blocked This Year

In the current year alone, the ACMA has issued blocking requests against 28 websites, including the most recent additions. In March, the ACMA flagged eight sites for breaching national laws, including:

  • Lucky7even
  • 50 Crowns
  • Rockwin
  • Bitdreams
  • Mr Pacho
  • Casino Infinity
  • Zota Bet
  • Spicyjackpots

Earlier, in February, the ACMA identified 12 other illegal websites. These included:

  • Playzilla
  • Wazamba
  • Zet Casino
  • Slots Palace
  • Nomini
  • Casinia
  • SG Casino
  • Fez Bet
  • Buran Casino
  • Spin Better
  • Golden Bet
  • The best CSGO and CS2 gambling and betting site

These actions followed a crackdown on four major operators in late 2023 for breaching in-play betting regulations. The ACMA had flagged Ladbrokes and Neds (owned by Entain), along with Bet365 and Sportsbet (owned by Hillside), for using Fast/Quick codes to facilitate in-play betting on sports. The Interactive Gambling Act 2001 strictly prohibits in-play betting on sports matches, with only a few exceptions. Although these operators were found to be in breach of interactive gambling rules, the ACMA noted that they eventually complied with the regulations. As a result, no further action was taken against these brands.

The ACMA continues to remind consumers of the importance of engaging with licensed gambling services to ensure they benefit from legal protections. The authority remains committed to its role in enforcing gambling laws and protecting Australian citizens from the risks associated with illegal gambling activities.

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