The Australian Communications & Media Authority (ACMA) has reopened its investigation into in-play betting services by referring online bookmaker Sportsbet to the Australian Federal Police (AFP).
Filing a complaint the ACMA claims that Sportsbet’s ‘Bet Live’ telephone betting product is in breach of Australia’s Interactive Gambling Act provisions regarding in-play wagering. The authority has asked the AFP for assessment of Sportsbet services.
The complaint sees the ACMA reopen its case on in-play functionalities breaching current gambling laws. Last year the authority fought hard against international betting operators William Hill, Ladbrokes and bet365 regarding telephone betting applications which mirrored in-play wagering.
The ACMA would refer its investigations to the AFP, who would later dismiss the complaints stating that the ACMA charges did not merit further investigation.
Sportsbet’s General Counsel has detailed that the firm is aware of the ACMA complaint being referred to the AFP. The operator states that like its competitors its telephone betting application is complaint with Australian gambling laws. The company will not move to shut-down its ‘Bet Live’ services
Source: SBC News