Oceania

Oceanic news – Australia and nearby countries

bet365 Australia deploys controversial ‘click to call’ live betting mechanism

bet365 (Australia) is the latest online bookmaker to adopt the controversial ‘click to call’ wagering service, which is currently being investigated by Australia’s Federal Police with regards to breaching live betting regulations. The operator follows Ladbrokes Australia and William Hill, who implemented the wagering mechanism in April. Both operators have stated that ‘click to call’ betting features fall within the …

Read More »

Australian Federal Police to investigate Ladbrokes & William Hill Click to Call services

The Australian Communications & Media Authority (ACMA) has handed its investigation of Ladbrokes Australia and William Hill ‘click to call’ betting services to the Federal Police amid claims that the operators are breaching betting laws. ACMA had been requested in May to investigate the operators’ services which mirror live/in-play betting a mechanisms which are not allowed by the provisions of …

Read More »

Colossus Bets enters Australian betting market with Ladbrokes ‘Mega Margin’ partnership

Sports betting start up Colossus Bets has expanded its mega jackpots pools services into the Australian market by partnering with Ladbrokes Australia Colossus Bets announced the launch of its multi-million AUS  ‘Mega Margin’ pools for mobile, taking wagers on Australian Rugby League (AFL) and National Rugby League (NRL) games. Colossus Bets will further introduce its Partial Cash Out mechanism allowing players …

Read More »

Tabcorp aims to refresh Keno business with new product & TV campaign

Australian gambling operator Tabcorp aims to refresh the image of its Keno business by announcing the launch of a national TV campaign named “Let’s Play”. Tabcorp will back the TV campaign with further targeted brand activity which will include radio and print advertising. Speaking to Australian business news sources Tabcorp management stated that the campaign aimed to shift the perceptions …

Read More »

Australia introduces tougher checks on criminals working in gambling

Australia’s Victoria State government has toughened its stance on convicted criminals working within the gambling industry, by closing a loophole which allowed the avoidance of background checks on employees. The reform on gambling employee policies, will now include a ban on the employment of convicted offenders of severe criminal offences within the past 10 years from being employed by the …

Read More »

Tabcorp wins AUS $128 million tax rebate

Australian gambling operator  Tabcorp has won a $128.9 million (£64 million) tax benefit resulting from a payment it made to the Victorian government more than two decades ago. The operator has contested tax charges of a combined value of $1.2 billion in compensation for the past two decades, relating to revenues generated by poker (‘pokie’) machines. Last Friday the Australian …

Read More »

West Australia Treasurer eyes TAB sale

Following the forecast of an impending AUS $2.7 billion (£1.4 billion) state deficit, West Australia governors are eyeing the potential sale of state assets, with a view to raise AUS $5 billion (£2.65 billion) in funds. Presenting his upcoming budget, Treasurer Dr Mike Nahan has outlined the potential sale of state gambling enterprise TAB to the private sector for an …

Read More »

Unfavourable sports results impact Paddy Power’s strong metric performance

Paddy Power has revealed in its interim management statement (period 1 January – 11 May), that the operator recorded a strong start to 2015 which has been offset by ‘unfavourable’ sports results seen throughout the sector. The company further stated that a weaker euro this year had helped offset the impact of new taxes and regulations levied on the betting …

Read More »

Online casino gaming now regulated in 61 countries

Over 60 countries around the world license online casinos, the US is the worst country for gamblers, and 56 percent of the world’s population faces some form of online gambling ban, but ordinary players are not penalised in most cases. These are the main findings of a research project into online gambling access, by affiliate KeyToCasino. Looking at sources in …

Read More »

William Hill & Ladbrokes face Australia live betting probe

The Australian Communication Agency (ACMA) is set to investigate William Hill and Ladbrokes Australian online betting operations after the operators introduced new betting mechanisms which sidestepped restrictions on in-play (live) betting. Last month William Hill and Ladbrokes Australia released the new ‘Click to Call’ features, which allowed customers to connect to live betting markets by activating their computer microphones with …

Read More »