Online Sportsbetting Firms Still Offer In-Play Bets
Online sports wagering companies in Australia are still offering in play sports betting markets on their websites. This is happening despite the fact of the recent strengthening of the in play sports betting ban by the federal government in Australia.
There are some major offshore companies that offer services in the Australian market like Ladbrokes who pulled back the in play betting services that were referred to as “Click to Call” services. Despite that, there are many other that still continue to work against the current IGA (Interactive Gambling Act) by offering the click to call in play sports betting markets to Aussies. For example, Sportsbet, which his owned by Paddy Power the Irish bookie, is still continuing to offer Aussies the Bet Live feature, which enables them to place bets using their mobiles without having to speak to a customer service operator.
Last April, the Aussie federal government finally released its review of the IGA and it was presented to the ministers. The review included many points, and focused on strengthening the ban of online in play sports betting.
Alan Tudge, the minister of Human Services, has sent out many letters to all major internet sports wagering sites, hoping that they would stop the online in play betting activities. Despite that, it seems that there are many operators who decided to ignore all of that, and continue to offer the banned service. This is why there is a leaked letter in which Mr. Tudge stated that there is a legislation that is going to be introduced as soon as possible in order to make the law clear and unambiguous to all service providers.
The Ban Brings Good News for Aussie Monopolies
The strengthening of the ban on in play sports betting represents great news for Tatts Group as well as Tabcorp, the two biggest monopolies for sports wagering in Australia. This is because these wagering giants operate many outlets in clubs and pubs, as well as licensed betting sites in Australia, and they have always complained that the overseas firms have a clear advantage over the homeland based companies, mainly because of their offering of in-play betting markets on their sites. Although the racing industry is with the ban, but not everyone is in the favor of this ban. The Cricket industry in Australia is one of the bodies in Australia that favors the legalization of in play betting. Cricket Australia argues that a more open wagering market is going to help in the fight against match fixing and corruption as it would render the sports more transparent. Another sporting body that is also in the favor in lifting the ban is AFL, which has its own battles against problem gambling amongst its players.