The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has asked the country’s Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block Emu Casino and Fair Go Casino. The two casinos will also be the first to be blocked by internet service providers (ISPs) in Australia.
The ACMA has said that the two sites offering casino-style online games are prohibited under the Interactive Gambling Act 2001. The media authority conducted an investigation following complaints against the two operators.
Following the investigation, the ACMA has asked ISPs to block the two gambling websites. Last week, the ACMA had already announced that it would start blocking illegal overseas websites soon.
“Emu Casino and Fair Go Casino are illegal sites that target Australians, and between the two we have received more than 50 complaints about their conduct,” ACMA chair Nerida O’Loughlin said.
“They’re happy to take your money when you lose, but people have reported to us that they refuse to pay out winnings. If you have funds deposited with these—or any other an illegal offshore gambling site—you should withdraw those funds now.”
“Enforcing Australian laws against offshore companies is challenging. There is no single measure that will be successful in every case,” O’Loughlin said. “Blocking access to websites sends a strong message that the ACMA can and will take action to stop illegal operators from targeting vulnerable Australians.”
It is also reported that over 65 illegal companies have pulled out of the Australian market since 2017 when the ACMA started enforcing new illegal offshore gambling rules.