Four Australian bookmakers prosecuted for gambling inducements

NSW’s gaming regulator has launched prosecutions against Tabcorp Holdings Ltd, Bet365, CrownBet Pty Ltd, and UniBet for publishing of gambling inducements in NSW. The Office of Liquor and Gaming (OLGR) has since issued a notice that it will not tolerate any form of gambling inducements in the state.

According to local media, a local spokesman for Tabcorp said they would be defending the charge, Crown Bet declined to comment, and Bet365 and Unibet have not yet responded to requests for comment.

OLGR’s director of compliance and enforcement, Anthony Keon has said they are keeping a close watch on gambling related advertising across all mediums and will take regulatory action if they are found to breach NSW’s Racing Administration Regulation 2012.

From this month, the government has expanded the current definition on inducements to capture all types of inducements not just any “credit, voucher or reward”.

From March next year, NSW will ban “live odds” gambling advertising on sporting fixtures, however some exemptions will apply.

The maximum penalty for breaches is $5,500.