In Australia and the nation’s media and communications watchdog has announced that it will be asking local Internet service providers to block access to a further 18 offshore iGaming domains on grounds that they have been operating in breach of the law.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) used an official press release to detail that the offending sites include those marketed as Syndicate Casino, Golden Star Casino, Casino Nic, King Billy Casino and 7 Bit Casino alongside domains known as Loki Casino, Woo Casino, iLucki, Fast Pay Casino and BitStarz.
The regulator stated that it conducted an official investigation into every one of the 18 sites, which moreover embrace Joo Casino, Wild Card City, Bet Chain and King Johnnie, after receiving ‘numerous complaints’ and subsequently determined that they had been providing their services to Australian punters ‘in breach of the Interactive Gambling Act of 2001.’ The ACMA subsequently proclaimed that local aficionados should immediately withdraw any funds they may have deposited with these domains and in future only wager with providers featured on its ‘register of licensed interactive wagering services.’
The ACMA declared that blocking access to an illicit website constitutes ‘one of a range of enforcement options’ that it may implement so as ‘to protect Australians against illegal online gambling.’ The organization furthermore pronounced that it established its ‘blacklist’ of banned domains in November of 2019 with this inventory now comprising 222 domains including new entries Spinago, Gunsbet, Joka VIP Room and Get Slots.
Read a statement from the ACMA…
“Over 100 illegal services have pulled out of the Australian market since we 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.”