NSW regulator clamps down on wagering operator

NSW regulator clamps down on wagering operator

An Australian operator has been sanctioned over an online deposit bonus promotion that was published on its website last year.

Published 8th April 2019

The Liquor & Gaming NSW authority said that it had issued Sportchamps with a fine of AUD$2,500 (£1,400/€1,600/US$1,800) and ordered the operator to pay $3,250 in legal costs.

On July 5, 2018, the operator had presented an advertisement that stated: “Matched first time deposit bonus up to $50 – Deposit for the first time and we’ll match your deposit with Bonus Cash, up to $50. Keep the winnings from Bonus Cas (sic)”.

The website also stated that consumers could sign up for free.

Although no players signed up to the deal, the state referred to laws that make it an offence to publish “a gambling advertisement that offers any inducement to participate, or participate frequently, in any gambling activity (including an inducement to open a betting account)”.

Liquor & Gaming NSW director of compliance operations Sean Goodchild added: “Advertising gambling inducements is unlawful in NSW, and operators who flout or try to get around these restrictions are acting against industry and community interests and increasing risks of gambling harms.”