Last month we published a story about how betting giants Ladbrokes and William Hill were facing scrutiny for potentially offering illegal betting in Australia by circumventing the country's requirement to call in bets after the match has started. Today Bet365 is embroiled in the same controversy for their call feature following an article by The Australian Newspaper.
The issue at hand is Bet365's betCall feature, which is used by the betting site to circumvent Australia's phone requirement when a sporting match has already started. Other betting firms such as William Hill and Ladbrokes are being looked at to see if their similar features constitute illegal betting in Oz. Currently these betting firms allow for in-play betting from computers as long as microphones are turned on from computer, leading to the controversy.
The newspaper claims that Bet365's call feature is just as guilty as the other outside betting firms, noting: "The Interactive Gambling Act 2001 prohibits the placing of bets on events that have started except via telephone."
Both Ladbrokes and William Hill are under criminal investigation and have denied wrongdoing, while also undertaking legal advice. The country has a large fine for violating betting laws as well as potential criminal prosecution for executive management.
As of the publication of this article Bet365 had not commented on the allegations by The Australian, but Casino Listings will update this story as more developments arise.