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ACMA issues blocking orders against more illegal offshore sites

| By Robert Fletcher
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has requested the blocking of two more offshore gambling websites deemed to be operating in the country illegally.
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Both Crown Pokies and Play AUD were found by ACMA to be operating in breach of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001.

As such, ACMA requested that Australian internet service providers (ISPs) block access to the two websites.

ACMA started requesting website blocking in November 2019, with over 823 illegal gambling and affiliate sites having been blocked as a result. 

Over 210 illegal services have also withdrawn from Australia since ACMA began enforcing illegal offshore gambling rules in 2017.

Consistent blocking requests from ACMA

The latest round of blocking requests comes after ACMA last month flagged another five sites for illegal operations. Reef Reels, Royal Reels, Ricky Casino, Slots Gallery and Slotastic were all ruled to be operating illegally.

In June, blocking orders were made against an additional 12 sites, while three sites were also identified in May.

“Australians who use illegal gambling services are not protected by Australian laws,” ACMA said. “This means our laws can’t help if something goes wrong, like if the service provider withholds winnings.”

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