16 000 Australians signed a powerful petition on lottery betting gains

Since the Australian Government took the unpleasant decision of banning lottery betting, Australians got revolted and took the initiative by organizing a powerful petition signing event. Australians call out on the Government to leave the decision behind, as it has no utility whatsoever and it only keeps the citizens from doing what they want. Around 16 000 people signed the petition already, and the number is continuously growing. This public response was the appropriate reaction to what happened later, considering that the industry of lottery betting gained no less than 700 000 customers. (more…)

New investments are planned for Queensland

Queensland is known for the initiatives they take in order to improve the economics of the territory. So there is no surprise that they decided to bring the world’s most well-known investors in casino industry to the region in an attempt to improve the state’s finances. The officials of the eastern Australian state decided to reach the representatives of the most noticeable casino brands from Macau and Las Vegas in order to understand how they can successfully invest in this domain. They know that the best strategy to attract casino operators to Australia is to travel to the City of Lights, meet with the casino companies and present them the benefits they will have if they will choose to invest in Queensland. Queensland will be represented by Kate Jones when the delegates will travel to Las Vegas and Macau. She is the Queensland Tourism Minister, so she is the right person to negotiate with casino operators. (more…)

New social betting games introduced by SportsCaller and Sportsbet partnership

Free-to-play sports games grow in popularity, and two big players in the industry are ready to sign another partnership in this regard.

By prolonging the contract with Sportsbet, Sportscaller introduced to their clients a series of social betting games, games that are due to satisfy the client’s passion for two of the most loved sports across Australia: rugby and football. The localized titles will offer jackpots that pass AU$350,000 (US$263,480). Sportscaller claimed that these games are developed to help the company increase the acquisition and retention potential. (more…)

Victorian budget 2018-2019: no mention of the point of consumption tax on betting

On Tuesday, May 1, the Victorian Government established the state’s budget for 2018-2019 but, in spite of rumours of a point of consumption tax being introduced for corporate bookmarkers, lawmakers did not include this topic on the agenda.

Lawmakers from several other Australian states declared that they would introduce a point of consumption tax in order to receive part of the income that remote gambling operators made on their territories. During last year’s talks, the Victorian Government expressed their intention of taking similar measures, but it seems that it will not happen too soon. (more…)

Daily fantasy sports come to Australia thanks to DraftKings

DraftKings mentioned that launching daily fantasy sports (DFS) to Australia could end up being more profitable than people expect. Bringing DFS to more markets is the company’s goal since forever. DFS wants to expand internationally and carefully assess what the results will be. The next location for the DFS opening in Australia. DraftKings announced that DFS got all of their legal licenses to launch the company here. The only region that is not included in what DraftKings planned is South Australia, which seems to have its own gaming regime. Yet DFS will reach around 20 million persons in Australia, which is quite impressive. (more…)

What do Australians excel at? Losing money when gambling

When visiting Australia one thing that will hit you in the face is that they have electronic gambling machines at every step. What effect does this have on people’s savings? Well, the majority of them are not able to save a single penny, because they lose around 24 billion Australian dollars annually. Australia has registered the greatest losses in the world when it comes to gambling.

Here there are numerous forms of gambling, people have access to pokies, casinos and multiple types of electronic gambling machines. The losses reported in Australia are the greatest in the world because they have these machines installed everywhere, not only inside casinos, like other states of the world have. Every hotel, restaurant, and pub has an area dedicated to gambling. What the majority of Australian citizens do not know is that the biggest brands in their country are also the greatest pokies operators. One example is Woolworths –  the most well-known supermarket chain of Australia, which also happens to be specialized in installing gambling machines around the country. (more…)

Gambling advertising just became much more complicated

People got used to the many ads popping on television, radio or other digital sources in terms of gambling. Well, this is no longer allowed due to the tighter regulations set by the government. Tabcorp, which is entirely based on online sports and horse racing betting will suffer tremendously given the new regulations. Promotions that are somehow related to gambling or betting in any way will be entirely banned. Even though punters considered these ads extremely helpful, they are now unavailable. Chasing expected losses is no longer considered ethical, and live betting encourages impulse betting. This is the main reason why the NSW Government makes active efforts to reduce the harm of gambling ads. (more…)

The gambling scene in Australia is facing new advertising restrictions

According to the latest decisions taken by the Turnbull government, it seems that the gambling industry will face some drastic advertising changes from March 30 on.  While until recently gambling promotions were possible during major sports events, once the new regulations come into effect, the industry’ sadvertising possibilities will become limited.

The Australian broadcast sector codes have been adjusted through the collaboration between ACMA, Commercial Radio Australia, Free TV as well as ASTRA and Subscription Television. The announcement has been made public quickly after the industry’s revised codes of practice have been properly registered. Gambling advertisers will no longer be able to share promotional content through media during live broadcasts before 8:30 pm. (more…)

JustBet Faces Ban in Australia

Many years passed from the time when JustBet started to operate in Australia, but now it faces an imminent ban. This ban comes on the heels of the revelation that JustBet is not a registered betting organization in the country. The ban will not be painful as the fact that so many people have trusted this betting platform. Australians find JustBet as the go-to for top-tier games. Also, results show that betting returns on the betting platform are always huge because deals are done in cryptocurrency. That is in addition to the fact that deals can also be carried out in the US dollars. (more…)

Woolworths reportedly spied on gamblers, reaped benefits

Supermarket chain Woolworths has a set of Pokies-owning pubs that are under investigation after reports show that the staff kept tabs and wrote down personal details about gamblers in order to keep them gambling for longer. An issue that is against many rules that the pubs swore to abide by.

This has occurred after screenshots were shared with federal and state authorities in Australia that showed a digital database that was shared between over 400 pubs. These included the names of certain patrons, their gambling habits, and even which football team that they followed. This information was given by a whistleblower to federal MP Andrew Wilkie, who is investigating the pubs. (more…)