The government of Australia is working on putting a ban on the controversial in-play sportsbetting that has been taking place in-country, eliminating the various workarounds that internet bookmakers have been using to facilitate bets online.
The move comes as the government is looking to stop the expansion of online betting services in Australia, and is looking through the Interactive Gaming Act to see what measures can be taken to protect players from problem gambling. Some measures in the bill include a national self-exclusion registry, the banning of lines of credit being extended to online players, and pre-commitment betting limits.
Commenting on the matter Australia's Social Services Minister Alan Tudge said, "The government does not intend to further expand the online betting market in Australia by legalising online in-play betting. The government considers 'click-to-call' in-play betting services are breaching the provisions and intent of the Interactive Gambling Act. The government will therefore introduce legislation to clarify the Act as soon as possible."
Currently in-play betting is not allowed in Australia except for bets placed by telephone. Major sportsbooks like bet365 and Ladbrokes circumvent the measure by having punters click a button on their website to have the respective bookmaker call them, which allows the bets to then be placed. This new measure would take away that ability.
It is likely that such a move would push players offshore, where unlicensed sites generate revenues of several hundred million dollars from Aussie players.
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