July 20, 2020

ACMA to block 11 more gambling sites

ACMA to block 11 more gambling sites

Australia—The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has instructed the country’s internet service providers to block access to 11 more offshore gambling sites.

According to the regulator, it received more than 35 complaints regarding the sites and through an investigation, found out that they were operating in violation of the 2001 Interactive Gambling Act.

The sites added to the block list are as follows:

  • Happy Hugo
  • Mucho Vegas Casino
  • Kahuna Casino
  • Rich Casino
  • Box 24 Casino
  • Bondi Bet
  • JokaRoom
  • Omni Slots
  • Fruits 4 Real
  • Xpokies
  • Slottica

Australian customers were advised by the ACMA to immediately withdraw any money held in their accounts with the sites.

The ACMA added that ever since it gained the power to instruct ISPs to block access to unlicensed gambling sites last year, it was able to penalize a total of 66 websites.

“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,” ACMA said.

“Consumers are directed to information about online gambling on the ACMA’s website including a register of licensed interactive wagering services for consumers to check legal services in Australia,” it added.

According to the ACMA, more than 100 illegal operators have pulled out of the Australian marketever since it started imposing stricter rules against unlicensed providers in 2017.

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