The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) continues its crackdown on illegal online gambling operators in the country.
In its latest move, the ACMA has successfully blocked five unlicensed gambling websites, preventing Australian players from accessing them. The ACMA took action by requesting local internet service providers (ISPs) to block these websites, which were found to be in violation of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001.
The blocked websites include Reef Reels, Royal Reels, Ricky Casino, Slots Gallery, and Slotastic. This recent action brings the total number of gambling sites blocked by the ACMA since November 2019 to a significant 803. Moreover, the ACMA's records show that over 200 unlicensed gambling operators have voluntarily withdrawn from the Australian market since 2017 in response to the regulatory measures.
The ACMA's latest announcement comes on the heels of another significant development this week, wherein the federal court imposed a hefty fine of AU$5 million on Redraw Poker. The fine resulted from civil action initiated by the ACMA, marking the first time such action was taken for breaches of the Interactive Gambling Act.
With its ongoing efforts to eliminate unlicensed gambling operators and protect Australian consumers, the ACMA aims to maintain the integrity of the country's gambling market and safeguard the interests of gamblers from potentially harmful or fraudulent platforms.
By fLEXI tEAM