ACMA orders blocking of another five offshore gambling sites

| By Robert Fletcher
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has requested internet service providers (ISPs) in the country block access to another five offshore online gambling websites.
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Spin Bit, Fight Club, Kim Vegas, Queenspins and Yoju Casino were all deemed by ACMA to be in breach of Interactive Gambling Act 2001, and as such were operating illegally in Australia.

ACMA said it investigated each of the sites after receiving a number of complaints and has requested Australian ISPs now block access to the five websites. 

“We are reminding people that even if a gambling service looks legitimate, its unlikely to have important customer protections; this means Australians who use illegal gambling sites risk losing their money,” ACMA said.

Since it began making blocking requests in November 2019, ACMA has successfully blocked a total of 324 websites it said were operating in Australia illegally.

In addition, 147 unlicensed services have pulled out of the market since the ACMA started enforcing new illegal offshore gambling rules in 2017.

“Website blocking is also a valuable opportunity to alert people to illegal gambling services,” ACMA said. “When users attempt to access a blocked site, they are unable to do so and are directed to the ACMA website for information about illegal and legal services.”

Last month, ACMA also requested the blocking of Grand Rush, Jackpot Jill, Koala Royal, National Casino and Juicy Stakes.

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