Despite the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) saying it will deal with the matter, ten online casino sites are still operational in Australia.
The Australian gaming regulator has stepped up its efforts to curb illicit gambling in recent weeks, prioritising suspensions as a top enforcement priority. The ACMA, on the other hand, has been aware of these pages for two months.
Australian themes are used by sites like Fair Go Casino, True Blue, and PlayCroco to draw Australian gamblers. The sites are competing for a lucrative market, with the Asian-Pacific gaming market valued between AU$65 billion (US$49.6 billion) and AU$90 billion.
The ACMA is well aware of the risks these ten pose, and it regularly encourages Australian consumers to remove their funds from these illicit pages. Under the Interactive Gaming Act 2001, companies that have gambling facilities without a licence face fines of up to $1.1 million per day.
Since certain pages sometimes mask their names, blocking them is far more complicated. The groups will mask their registrations by using security services, which are used by nine out of ten of the pages.
The ACMA has so far banned 238 illicit gambling websites, with 130 providers withdrawing from the Australian industry.