As Liquor & Gaming NSW informed, this regulator’s investigation resulted in a fine of $60,000 for the company. As Liquor & Gaming NSW informed, this regulator’s investigation resulted in a fine of $60,000 for the company.
Violation of Gambling Laws:
was convicted of violating the NSW gambling laws and the case was brought before the Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court to be finally settled by the court’s ruling of 22 May that imposed the financial penalties for the violation. The gaming regulatory body Liquor & Gaming NSW previously investigated the Unibet’s promotions which encouraged participation in gambling activities.“Price Push Offers”:
The litigation commenced after the regulator found out that
Unibet’s promotions contained inducements to open a betting account. Such accounts were to be created using the company’s ‘price push’ offers which represent a form of aggressive gambling advertisement which is illegal in the province.Indeed, according to the
NSWBetting and Racing Act , publishing gambling advertisements that “includes any inducement to participate, or participate frequently, in any gambling activity (including an inducement to open a betting account)” is treated as offense.Breaches Taken Seriously:
Liquor & Gaming NSW Executive Director Regulatory Operations & Enforcement, Jane Lin,
said that it was clear that the operator’s promotions suggested the option for viewers to open a betting account and get involved in a gambling activity. Lin reportedly stated: “Betting operators are required to ensure all advertising is compliant with NSW gambling advertising laws.” Inducements are known to increase the risk of gambling harm, so any breaches are taken seriously.”Line reportedly added:“Betchoice has a record of previous convictions and was fined $48,000 in July 2021 for breaches of betting legislation. The advertisements the subject of this most recent case were designed to entice people to engage with gambling products using special or enhanced odds, which is a breach of the legislation.”$60,000 Fine:
Betchoice was convicted for two offenses under section 33H(1) of the
Betting and Racing Act 1998
and pleaded guilty for both offenses. The court ruled that the company shall be fined $30,000 for each offense and ordered it to pay the costs incurred to the regulator by the respective investigation of the operator’s activities.The investigation was based on the regulator’s standards applicable for gambling advertising activities. These standards are intended to promote responsible gambling and prevent problem gaming. The regulator can intervene if there is a violation, like publishing illegal ads. This often results in fines for operators. Betchoice paid fines of more than $100,000 for non-compliant material.