Casino operators Emu Casino and Fair Go Casino have both been effectively banned in Australia, as the Australian Communications and Media Authority has requested that internet service providers block access to the sites.
The sites will effectively have access blocked to them by customers whose ISPs comply with the request. The ACMA claims that the games are prohibited under the Interactive Gambling Act of 2001, and that numerous complaints were filed to regulators.
Speaking about the decision ACMA Chair Nerida O'Loughlin said, "Emu Casino and Fair Go Casino are illegal sites that target Australians, and between the two we have received more than 50 complaints about their conduct.
"They're happy to take your money when you lose, but people have reported to us that they refuse to pay out winnings.
"If you have funds deposited with these-or any other an illegal offshore gambling site-you should withdraw those funds now."
O'Loughlin did not explain how she expects players at Emu Casino or Fair Go Casino to accomplish that last suggestion if they have been blocked at an ISP level.
The Australian government began making online casino betting more difficult a few years ago by threatening legal action against sites and regulators that accepted Australian players. Since that time many reputable operators have stopped offering their services to Oz, leaving a void that has been filled by a load of new Australian themed sites run by opportunistic crooked operators.
Complaints and enquiries to us here at Casino Listings from Australian players looking for help because of non payment and various other rip-offs have sky-rocketed since ACMA's action began. Interestingly, despite ACMA's characterisation in their statement, Emu Casino is regarded as one of the better operators still offering services to Australian customers.
No comment from either casino brand was available as of press time.