ACMA orders ISPs to block another five gambling websites

| By Robert Fletcher
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) requested internet service providers (ISPs) to block a further five offshore gambling websites it said have been operating in the country illegally.
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Grand Rush, Jackpot Jill, Koala Royal, National Casino and Juicy Stakes had, according to ACMA, been operating in breach of Australia’s Interactive Gambling Act 2001.

ACMA investigated each of the sites after receiving a number of complaints. 

“The ACMA is reminding consumers that even if a service looks legitimate, its unlikely to have important customer protections,” ACMA said. “This means Australians who use illegal gambling services risk losing their money.”

ACMA began making blocking requests in November of 2019 after it was granted a number of new enforcement powers. To date, 295 gambling sites deemed to be operating illegally in Australia have been blocked.

More than 140 unlicensed services have also pulled out of the Australian market since the ACMA started enforcing new illegal offshore gambling rules in 2017.

“Website blocking provides a valuable opportunity to alert the public to illegal gambling services through the messaging that appears when there is an attempt to access the site,” ACMA added.

The latest round of requests comes after ACMA last month issued its first blocking orders against seven affiliate gambling advertising websites.

ISPs were requested to block access to Aussie Casino Hex, Australia OK Casinos, Aussie Online Pokies, Pokies, Australian Casino Club, Australian Gambling and True Blue Casinos.

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