Oceania

AFL clubs move to end gambling sponsorships

Australian Football League (AFL) clubs are turning their backs on betting sponsorships by signing up to the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s ‘Gambling’s Not a Game’ program. The program which has gained significant political support, aims to remove betting advertising from AFL grounds. AFL Clubs Hawthorn, Collingwood, North Melbourne, Melbourne Victory, St. Kilde, Essendon, and the Western Bulldogs have announced that …

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SportsBet Australia reveals “Take a Break” campaign

Australian online betting operator SportsBet (sportsbet.com.au) has committed AUS $1.5 million to promote its new “Take a Break” campaign. Planned for launch in November, SportsBet aims to raise awareness of problem gambling, addiction and other risks associated with online betting. The operator revealed its campaign to the media, which promotes its self-exclusion system which allows players to temporarily bar themselves …

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Ladbrokes gains Sandown Park Racecourse title

Sandown Park Racecourse in Springvale Victoria (Australia), is set to be re-named Ladbrokes Park under a new sponsorship agreement with between Ladbrokes Australia and race operator Melbourne Racing Club. The racecourse will attach the Ladbrokes title from January 1 2016 as part of a three year partnership. The deal sees Sandown drop William Hill as title sponsors, as the operator …

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Australian authorities getting pedantic over ‘in-play’ definition

The Australian Communication and Media Authority (ACMA) and Federal Police (AFP) are stepping up their campaign against the betting industry over its in-play services by threatening action over bets taken during multiple day sporting events such as golf and cricket. Australian news sources report that the ACMA has asked William Hill, Crownbet and Sportsbet AU to clarify how wagers taken …

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NetBet hoping to #makesomenoise at England v Australia

Online sports and casino brand NetBet is hoping to help the home of World Rugby break the sound barrier this Saturday with England’s tournament future on the line against Australia. The brand has hired DICE London to garner fan support and raise the noise level to record breaking heights with its #makesomenoise campaign. Tests during this year’s Six Nations Championship showed that the …

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NSW watchdog investigates Crownbet customer promotions

Australian online sports betting operator CrownBet is under investigation by the New South Wales (NSW) gaming watchdog, regarding the use of customer credit as a promotion to incentivize gambling. Promotion of customer credit, vouchers or sign up rewards are prohibited by NSW regulations. The watchdog is said to be investigating CrownBet NRL and AFL campaign “The Game Just Changed”. The …

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William Hill Australian Sports Book of the Year” nominee long-list

William Hill has announced its 12 long-list  nominations for its inaugural “William Hill Australian Sports Book of the Year ” award. The listed authors will now compete  for a AUS $20,000 prize which will announced on 13 October. William Hill spokesman Tim Ashworth commented on the selection of finalists “We received some wonderful nominations and the 12 books that made the Long List were …

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MRG Systems – new solutions to address the global growth in sports betting

SBC spoke to MRG Systems, a company renowned for cutting edge display technology predominantly in the betting shop environment, to discuss what the firm’s plans were in the face of industry consolidation. SBC: MRG Systems were up for sale last year, but nothing seemed to progress. What happened? Are you still up for sale? MRG: The short answer is that …

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Waterhouse stands by William Hill’s ‘Click to Call’ legality

Speaking to Australia’s Herald Sun, Tom Waterhouse William Hill Australia’s Chief Executive has publicly defended the operators ‘Click to Call’ feature that is currently being investigated by Federal Police. Whilst Australian market competitor Ladbrokes announced that it withdrew the feature in July. William Hill has stood by its product, claiming that it functions fall under the parameters of the nation’s …

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Tabcorp tops Dow Jones Sustainability Index

Tabcorp has again been named the global gambling industry leader in the annual assessment for the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI). Today’s announcement means Tabcorp has been ranked global gambling industry leader for 10 of the past 11 years, elevating it above other Australian and international wagering, casino and lottery operators. The DJSI assesses the performance of the world’s leading …

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