This week it was revealed that the New South Wales Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority issued a variety of fines to gaming operators throughout the state, with more than $100,000 AUD in penalties dished out.
The fines were doled out to the likes of BetDeluxe, who was fined $70,000 for posting illegal inducements to gamble and was also slammed to the tune of $8,500 in legal fees. The company pleaded guilty to posting 21 Facebook promotions that offered bonuses on sports wagers as well as horse racing.
Operator PointsBet was fined $35,000 for the same offenses, having pleaded guilty to posting ads on Instagram that offered cash back on bets.
Regarding the fines Liquor & Gaming NSW CEO Anhony Keon said, Clearly some of these operators think gambling inducements are just the cost of doing business, but they are wrong, and they are pushing their luck. We will continue to bring these matters before the courts and seek higher penalties that reflect community expectations.
"Prohibitions on gambling inducements are an important harm minimisation measure and the increase in maximum penalties, along with our continued prosecution action, should send a clear message to wagering operators about how seriously we view these matters.
"Reoffenders run the risk of the higher range penalties, and more scrutiny, so let me be clear that patterns of poor compliance are not worth the trouble."