The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has decided to order internet service providers (ISPs) to block even more offshore gambling websites from offering services in Australia. A total of eight more sites have been added to a long list of blocked operators. This latest round includes Enzo Casino, Ace Pokies, Reeltastic, Planet 7 Oz, Spintropolis, Nordicasino, Royal Spinz and Times Square Casino.
Stop Services Now
The ACMA wants these sites shut down now, as they are considered to be operating illegally in the country. The authority has received several complaints about the sites from players. Accusations against the brands include poor treatment of players as well as withholding winnings.
Once the complaints were received, the ACMA began an investigation into the sites. They found that the operators were conducting business in Australia in violation of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001. To solve the problem, the ACMA requested ISPs to block access to these operators.
The ACMA has the ability to ask for sites to be blocked as a form of protection for consumers. The first blocking request by the group took place in November of last year. In that time, around 92 sites have been blocked.
According to the ACMA, blocking websites provides an opportunity to alert the public about illegal gambling services via messaging. When an individual tries to pull up a site that is blocked, they see a message and know that the site is conducting services illegally and is no longer allowed to do so in the country.
On top of the blocking the sites, the ACMA has also told customers of the brands to remove their funds immediately.
Continued Protection Effort
This latest order to block eight additional sites comes just one month after the ACMA decided to block 11 other websites. Bondi Bet, Box 24 Casino, Happy Hugo, JokaRoom, Mucho Vegas Casino, Fruits 4 Real, Kahuna Casino, Slottica, Omni Slots, Rich Casino and XPokies were all part of July’s ISP block request.
Before that, the ACMA requested that 11 other websites be blocked. This first round included several well-known online gaming operators such as Red Dog Casino, Cherry Gold Casino and BoVegas.
The ACMA is really cracking down on sites they feel are breaking the gambling regulations of Australia. It would not be surprising to find that even more sites are blocked in the coming months as the ACMA continues their move to protect Australian consumers.