NSW CRACKDOWN ON SPORTSBETTING ADVERTISING

Issued: ​Tuesday 15 September 2015   [PDF,45kb]

The Office of Liquor, Gaming & Racing (OLGR) warns it is conducting an ongoing crackdown on sportsbetting companies that encourage NSW residents to gamble.

NSW’s Racing Administration Regulation 2012 prohibits licensed wagering operators from publishing advertising that offers NSW residents any credit, voucher or reward as an inducement to participate in gambling or open a betting account.

In the past week there have been two convictions for breaching this rule. On Monday, Northern Territory-based licensed wagering operator Sportsbetting.com.au Pty Limited was convicted in Downing Centre Court following an OLGR prosecution.

Sportsbetting.com.au Pty Limited pleaded guilty to publishing an advertisement on its website between 24 June and 3 July offering 100% bonuses to new clients who deposited funds into betting accounts. NSW residents were not excluded from the offer.

Deputy Chief Magistrate Jane Mottley convicted and fined the company $1,650 and ordered it to pay OLGR’s legal costs of $1,800.

The conviction came just days after a Penrith-based sportsbetting company, ClassicBet Pty Ltd, was convicted of illegal gambling advertising and fined $1,000 and ordered to pay $4,500 in legal costs.

OLGR prosecuted ClassicBet after it published a website advertisement accessible to NSW residents which promoted a ‘Premium Rewards Program’ promising punters will be ‘rewarded for every bet you place, regardless whether you WIN or LOSE’ and offering bonus bets and ‘rewards’ including shopping vouchers, sports tickets and holidays.

OLGR Acting Director of Compliance & Enforcement Sean Goodchild said licensed wagering operators should ensure NSW residents are not eligible to participate in free inducement offers and that systems are in place to prevent them from doing so.

“The wagering industry is warned they are being monitored - including social media and company websites - and if 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.”

Suspect gambling advertising can be reported to OLGR for investigation on 02 9995 0837 or email complaints@olgr.nsw.gov.au