Debate on In-Play Betting Continues

AcrossAustralia,gamingoperators,responsiblegamblingadvocatesandindustryexpertsareengagedinadebateaboutin-gamesportsbetting。

WhileoperatorslikeSportsBetareurginglawmakerstolegalisetheactivity,land-basedclubsareagainstit。

Thisweek,SportsBetrequestedthattheAustraliangovernmentconsiderremovingthebandonin-playbetting。

Thebookmakerstatesthatthismovewouldallowlocalcompaniestobemorecompetitivewithoffshorebettingsites。

SportsBetarguesthatplayerswhowanttowagerwhilematchesarestillinplaywillfindawaytodoso,eveniflocally-basedbookmakersareprohibitedfromofferingtheseservices。

ManyplayershavealreadymadetheshifttooffshoregamblingoperatorsthatarenotregulatedbytheAustraliangovernment,astheyprovidepunterswiththeabilitytomakein-gamewagers。

“Blanketgamblingprohibitiondoesnotworkinthedigitalage,”readsastatementfromSportsbet。

“MeasurestoaddresstheincreasingthreatofoffshoreoperatorswithoutaddressingtherootoftheproblemandthefundamentalreasonwhyAustraliansarebettingoffshore:accesstothein-playproductviamobiledevicesandtheinternet–willnotachievetheoutcomethegovernmentisseeking”。

Ontheotherhand,ClubsAustraliasupportsthebanonin-playbetting。

Whilethisorganisationrepresentslocally-basedgamblingoperatorsthatareincompetitionwithoffshorecompanies,ClubsAustraliaisoftheopinionthatifthegovernmentdidremovethebanitwouldbeforthewrongreasons。

Astatementfromtheorganisationreads:

“Anysuggestionthatfurtherregulatoryconcessions,suchaslivein-playbetting,arewarrantedduetocompetitivepressuresfromillegaloffshorewageringoperatorsshouldbedismissed。

ClubsAustraliahasalsoproposeda15%taxonoffshoregamingcompanies。