Websites that ACMA requests ISPs to block
The following are among the six websites said to be operating illegally:
- Casino Moons
- Extra Vegas
- Win Paradise
- Gamblers Lab
ACMA history in blocking illegal gambling and affiliate marketing websites
In November 2019, the ACMA issued its first request to internet service providers to block illegal gambling and affiliate marketing websites. Since then, there have been over 568 websites blocked via ACMA requests. The presence of ACMA has had a significant impact in Australia since it began enforcing new illegal offshore gambling regulations in 2017. These new regulations have since forced over 170 illegal services to pull out of the Australian market.
The ACMA continues to plead to the Australian market and consumers that they should practice extra caution when engaging with websites providing gambling and affiliate marketing services. The Authority insists that even if the service seems legitimate it is unlikely to have consumer protections. This presents a situation where Australians are at risk of losing their funds when engaging with illegal gambling websites.
What initiated the latest round of blocking?
Earlier in the month, the ACMA raised a first formal warning letter to a supplier after its investigations exposed Proxous Advanced Solutions to a breach of law. The supplier was providing gaming software to 12 illegal online casinos. Its investigations deduced that by sublicensing of its Realtime Gaming (RTG)-branded software products for casinos, the supplier was in breach of facilitating the issuance of prohibited interactive gambling services to the Australian market as stated by the Interactive Gambling Act 2001.
Illegal Casino brands that the ACMA pointed out were several. These included:
- Fair Go Casino
- Free Spin
- Two Up Casino
- Red Dog Casino
- Cherry Gold Casino
- Aussie Play
- Reels of Joy
- Ozwin Casino
- Play Croco
- Slots Empire
- Uptown Pokies