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Australia – ACMA moves to block five more online gaming sites

By - 25 October 2021

The ACMA has requested that Australian internet service providers (ISPs) block more illegal offshore gambling websites.

The ACMA has asked ISPs to block Spin Bit, Fight Club, Kim Vegas, Queenspins and Yoju Casino.

Following numerous complaints about these services, the ACMA investigated and found them to be operating in breach of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001.

The ACMA said: “We are reminding people that even if a gambling service looks legitimate, it is unlikely to have important customer protections. This means Australians who use illegal gambling sites risk losing their money.

“Website blocking is one of a range of options to protect Australians against illegal online gambling. Since the ACMA made its first blocking request in November 2019, 324 illegal gambling websites have been blocked. 147 illegal services have also pulled out of the Australian 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. 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,” it added. Online gambling information on the ACMA’s website includes a register of licensed interactive wagering services to check legal services in Australia, tips on how to protect yourself from illegal gambling operators and how to make a complaint about an illegal site.

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