Australian's Debate Online Gambling In-Play Betting

Published Monday, March 21, 2016 -
 Australian's Debate Online Gambling In-Play Betting

Australia’s gambling industry has undergone a number of changes over the last decade that has upset the government countless times. Online gambling is a political hot potato once again as the Australian government is again considering extending the current ban on in-play betting on live sports until the next election the date of which is at the prime minister's discretion.

The Australian media has revealed that gamblers wanting to wager money while games are in-play on sporting events will be forced to do so at offshore illegal online gambling operators at least until the next Australian federal election which could be in January of 2017.

Only a month ago Racing Australia’s Chief Executive Officer, Peter McGauran, called on the government to introduce a comprehensive ban on in-play sports betting. Operators such as Ladbrokes and William Hill have been at the center of the issue after they continued to offer in-play betting on sports in Australia. The live odds issue has been a major subject of debate in the jurisdiction causing controversy and dissatisfaction in the gambling sector. The interpretation of the 2001 Interactive Gambling Act is at the heart of the matter which says live game gambling is legal at retail locations and over the telephone lines but operators are prohibited from offering the service on the internet. The argument is obvious from the operators that the distinction between online and telephone is outdated. Meanwhile those organisations opposed to lifting the ban are adamant and vocal about the concerns.

McGauran has gone public asking the current administration to close the “loophole” in the legislation. Alan Tudge, Assistant Prime Minister, is in the process of preparing a government response to the review into current online gambling law, which was published last December 2015. McGauran commented, “We feel so strongly about the threat that in-play betting poses to integrity that we believe that the loophole in the Interactive Gambling Act that allows in-play betting on races should be closed,”


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