The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is ordering Australias ISP's to block 11 online gambling sites that are illegally servicing Australian players. ACMA said it received over 60 complaints about the online gambling sites. During an investigation the ACMA found that they were operating in breach of the 2001 Interactive Gambling Act. The sites affected are Happy Hugo, Mucho Vegas Casino, Kahuna Casino, Rich Casino, Box 24 Casino, Bondi Bet, JokaRoom, Omni Slots, Fruits 4 Real, XPokies and Slottica.
“Website blocking provides a valuable opportunity to alert the public to illegal gambling services though the messaging that appears when there is an attempt to access the site,”
ACMA told Australian customers to withdraw any money in accounts held with the sites immediately, before they are blocked for good and all money will be lost. AMCA noted that it gained the power to order ISPs to block access to unlicensed gambling sites in November 2019, since then it has taken action against 66 gambling websites in total. The first blocking orders saw Emu Casino and Fair Go Casino become the first domains targeted.
In May of 2020 the ACMA attacked the following 10 sites:
- Cherry Gold Casino
- Grand Fortune Casino
- True Blue Casino
- Free Spin
- Two Up Casino
- Raging Bull Casino
- Slots Empire
- Red Dog Casino
- Wild Joker
“Consumers are directed to information about online gambling on the ACMA’s website including a register of licensed interactive wagering services for consumers to check legal services in Australia.” It claims that more than 100 illegal operators have pulled out of the Australian market since it began taking stricter action against unlicensed providers in 2017.