Punters fight “un-Australian” betting practices

  Australia’s betting culture, which changed with the entry of foreign bookmakers, is gradually returning as punters fight back against practices such as cutting big bets and closing winning accounts. But lobby groups say more needs to be done. While the two biggest states have led the way with legislative changes, members of online forum Fair Wagering Australia are still leading the charge to enact change across all of Australia. When major global bookmakers William Hill, Paddy Power and Ladbrokes moved in on the Australian market, critics say the wagering giants brought a more ruthless attitude to business. Specifically, many big-spending customers complained of being “cut-off” and having accounts canceled or their sizeable bets on racing refused – actions that now have come under the scrutiny of authorities and been targeted by new rules.   Horse racing gambler and contributor to Fairwageringaustralia.com.au Richard Irvine said the culture changed immediately when the British and Irish...

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