Australia—The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has instructed internet service providers (ISPs) to block eight more offshore gambling sites.
According to the ACMA, Enzo Casino, Times Square Casino, Ace Pokies, Planet 7 Oz, Nordicasino, Spintropolis, Reeltastic, and Royal Spinz are all operating illegally in the country; hence they must be blocked.
The Authority explained that they have received numerous complaints about the sites, particularly that they had been withdrawing winnings and treating players badly.
The ACMA conducted a series of investigations in response to these complaints. These investigations revealed that the aforementioned sites have been operating in violation of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001.
The ACMA is authorized to instruct ISPs to block access to any problematic websites in order to protect consumers. Ever since the regulatory agency made its first blocking request back in November 2019, around 92 websites have been blocked. In addition, the ACMA advised Australian consumers using the websites in concern to withdraw their money ASAP.
“Over 100 illegal services have pulled out of the Australian market since we started enforcing new illegal offshore gambling rules in 2017,” ACMA said.
“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,” it added.
The latest order follows after the ACMA also requested ISPs to block access to 11 more websites last month. The sites affected were Omni Slots, Fruits 4 Real, Bondi Bet, JokaRoom, XPokies, Box 24 Casino, Slottica, Happy Hugo, Kahuna Casino, Mucho Vegas Casino, and Rich Casino.