This week it was revealed that gaming operator Unibet has been sanctioned by Liquor and Gaming New South Wales for posting three illegal gambling ads, costing the group $48,000.
The company posted ads for their odds-boosting products Reboost, Uniboost, and Uplift in violation of the NSW Betting and Racing Act 1998. The law makes it a violation to induce players to participate in any gambling activity or participate frequently in gambling.
In his explanation, NSW Liquor and Gaming Compliance Director Darren Duke said, "Special or enhanced odds have the ability to induce people to open a betting account when they otherwise may be refraining from gambling and they may encourage people to gamble more frequently. In Downing Centre Local Court on 15 July, Unibet pleaded guilty to three offences and was fined $16,000 per offence, totalling $48,000, for breaching NSW gaming laws. They were also ordered to pay $3,900 in legal costs.
"The offences relate to the publication on the Unibet website and Apple App Store on 26 November 2020, of the availability of the Uniboost, Uplift and Reboost products which are a form of special or enhanced odds."
The magistrate made the ruling in part because of previous breaches by Unibet, including a 2019 incident that resulted in a $15,000 fine.
It should be noted that Unibet has the right to appeal the decision, but the company has not announced what their intentions are.
We'll update readers as developments arise.