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ACMA requests blocking of more illegal gambling sites by ISPs

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To further combat illegal gambling in Australia, the ACMA has requested such sites be blocked by ISPs.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has requested that illegal gambling websites in breach of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 be blocked by all Australian internet service providers (ISP) to protect Australians against illegal gambling services. 

Such illegal activities, as stated on ACMA’s site, include: providing prohibited interactive gambling services (eg. interactive online casinos or slot machines) to customers in Australia; providing unlicensed regulated interactive gambling service (eg. services without a valid Australian licence) to customers in Australia and publishing ads for prohibited interactive gambling services or unlicensed regulated interactive gambling services in Australia. 

Some of the latest sites on the blocked list included Jogi Casino, Dundee Slots, Lucky Hunter, Lucky Wins, Lukki Casino, Spin Fever, Clubhouse Casino and Winport Casino.

Since 2019, ACMA has blocked 975 illegal gambling sites and their affiliated websites. The organisation has also enforced illegal offshore gambling rules, which resulted in over 220 illegal services pulling out of Australian markets. The crackdown on illegal gambling during the Women’s World Cup is one such effort.

Earlier, ACMA had also blocked several illegal sites in March this year, with Lucky7even, 50 Crowns and Zota Bet among them. 

The ACMA had issued several warnings as well to operators found to have breached any part of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001. This includes Mad Entertainment (Golden Lion), Paloma Media (Thunderpick) and Dama and Friolion (Betibet). 

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