Unibet fined AU$60k by NSW gambling regulator
The operator was issued the penalty for having unauthorized advertisements in the Australian state. The fine was given after an investigation was carried out by the local regulator into Unibet’s marketing materials, which found that the company’s advertisements featured illegal inducements in the form of special gambling offers.
In the state of New South Wales, gambling companies are not allowed to advertise special odds and other similar offers that can allure new people to start placing wagers. Unibet pleaded guilty to two such offenses in court, each of which led to penalties of 30 thousand Australian dollars that added up to its total fine of 60 thousand dollars.
The Executive Director of Operations at Liquor and Gambling NSW, Jane Lin, remarked:
“Local gambling operators are obligated to make sure that all of their promotional campaigns comply with NSW’s gambling advertisement regulations. As inducements greatly increase the risk of exposure to various gambling harms, we take such violations seriously. Betchoice’s advertisements made use of special wagering odds to entice viewers to start gambling with the company, which violates the state’s regulations.”
Just over a month ago in April, Liquor and Gambling NSW imposed a fine for a similar set of violations on the wagering operator Betr, which was penalized over 200 thousand Australian dollars for its violations.