ACMA Plans To Force Ban Of 11 Offshore Gambling Sites

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is planning to force internet service providers around the country to ban access to a further 11 offshore gambling sites.

The regulator said it had received more than 35 complaints about the websites, and an inquiry found that they were functioning in violation of the Interactive Gambling Act of 2001.

Happy Hugo, Mucho Vegas Casino, Kahuna Casino, Rich Casino, Box 24 Casino, Bondi Bet, JokaRoom, Omni Slots, Fruits 4 Real, XPokies, and Slottica are affected.

ACMA has told Australian consumers to immediately remove all money from accounts kept with the sites.

The watchdog noted that it has taken action against 66 websites in total since it gained the power to order ISPs to block access to unlicensed gambling sites in November of last year.

The first blocking orders saw the first targeted domains being Emu Casino and Fair Go Casino.

The most recent round this year came in May. It had been blocked 10 sites-Grand Fortune Casino, Raging Bull Casino, True Blue Casino, Free Spin, Two Up Casino, BoVegas, Cherry Gold Casino, Slots Empire, Red Dog Casino and Wild Joker.

“Website blocking provides a valuable opportunity to alert the public to illegal gambling services though the messaging that appears when there is an attempt to access the site,” ACMA explained.

“Consumers are directed to information about online gambling on the ACMA’s website including a register of licensed interactive wagering services for consumers to check legal services in Australia.”

It claims that over 100 illegal operators have been pulling out of the Australian market since it started to take more stringent action against unlicensed providers in 2017.