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Australia’s Mr Bean Puts a Leash on Unlicensed Online Casinos

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The acting chairman of ACMA (Australian Communications and Media Authority), Mr Bean, took robust measures to make sure that any online casino operator that is still taking Australian players in the wake of the new regulation gets a strong reason to stop immediately.

Mr Bean - Chairman of Australian Communications and Media Authority

In a very chilled and calculated move, Mr Bean wrote to the Director of NJDGE (New Jersey Department of Gaming Enforcement) David Rebuck. He was reminding him that the New Jersey law ensures that the respective parties that are towing the line mustn’t violate violet online gaming laws that are in foreign countries.

The Letters Mr Bean Wrote

In April 2016, the Department of Gaming Enforcement issued out a DAB (Director’s Advisory Bulletin) that was written “Impact of Operations in Grey Markets on Suitability for Licensure”. The purpose of this DAB was to make sure that B2B (Business to Business) and B2C (Business to Consumer\Player) companies that have licenses to operate in New Jersey continue doing their business practices legitimately and adequately.

Mr Bean wrote to Mr Rebuck on the 14th of September explaining the changes that have been taking place in the realm of online gambling in Australia. More specifically, he explained the changes in the law that govern casino games like poker, roulette, blackjack, and sports betting. Lastly, he then asked for Mr Rebuck’s full support.

On the 29th September 2017, the Director of NJDGE wrote to the Internet Gaming Counsel. The message clearly stated that Australia is a black-market in the online gaming world. Also, the letter served to remind online casinos that are licensed in New Jersey that if they continue to operate in Australia, it will result in the Division taking relevant regulatory action against them and cancelling their licenses.  You can have a look at the copy of the letters here.

Overview

Many of the big fish have already made their way out of the Australian gambling market, and some of these include PokerStars, PartyPoker and 888Poker. However, though the fear of facing an AU$7.9 million daily penalty was the primary reason for their exit, it wasn’t the only reason why they left. Those that have remained in the business and still accept Australian players were given about 15 days to respond to the letter.