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Offshore gambling sites to suffer from the IGA review

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After a long review by the federal government, there has been a recommendation into the controversial law; The Interactive Gambling Act (IGA) 2001. Although many people would have expected that by the end of April the law will clearly specify a way forward, it looks like for now there are just recommendations and nothing really worthwhile in the law. The IGA review into the laws, as ordered by the outgoing Prime Minister Tony Abbott, has had a host of human rights movements asking the government cut the gambling law altogether. This, however, has not fully happened as it looks like at least for the foreseeable future, everything will stay as it is currently.

Ever since the larger part of the Australian citizens voiced their views on the review, New South Wales premier, Barry O’Farrell had to lead the inquiry. After a long inquiry, the premier then gave out his recommendations that could be used as a framework of the legislation.  It is not hard to believe that the recommendations were somehow influenced by the politics as O’Farrell suggests that offshore casinos and sports betting sites should be cut off the Australian market completely. But for now, this is just a recommendation.

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In-play betting led the onslaught at the IGA review?

The most changes that could be noted, are the contents of the recommendations of the review team. From the look of things, the offshore gambling companies will be blocked from operating in Australia, or rather have Australian players.

Although it should also be noted that the reason there was the review was due to the in-play betting that allowed the gamblers to place the bets telephonically during live matches. The online gambling firms wanted to have it extended so that the bets can be placed live online, but the government considered shelving it completely.

It has been recommended that the Internet Service Providers should block the players from processing the payments online or decline the payment requests outright.   This also comes with other tough thoughts regarding the gambling world which includes:

  • To prevent the online sites from enticing the gamblers with free credit
  • Set up a self-exclusion list for gamblers who have signs of addiction
  • Allow the ACMA to set up new guidelines for gambling advertising
  • Get the credit card companies to prevent or completely block payments to offshore gambling sites
  • Force ISP providers to prohibit access to gaming sites based offshore