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SportChamps Fined AU$17,500 by Liquor & Gaming NSW

SportChamps Fined AU$17,500 by Liquor & Gaming NSW

Legal & Compliance, Compliance

Liquor & Gaming NSW has imposed a fine on sports betting company SportChamps for violating the state's bonus inducement policies in the gambling sector. The regulator disclosed that SportChamps admitted fault in the matter, leading to a AU$17,500 penalty, which was confirmed in the Downing Center Local Court.


SportChamps acknowledged shortcomings in its marketing strategy during the court proceedings and accepted the regulator's decision. Jane Lin, Executive Director of Regulatory Operations at Liquor & Gaming NSW, emphasized that SportChamps had faced similar rulings in five previous cases since 2017. Lin urged the operator to enhance its efforts to prevent future incidents.

The breach in question, violating the Betting and Racing Act, is linked to a Facebook post encouraging users to "Punt for free. Learn the game!" and another prompting them to "Receive a free bet each day." Such bonus offers are prohibited, and only customers who have explicitly opted to receive such communications are eligible.


Lin clarified that while wagering operators can legally advertise their products, inducements like increased odds or bonus bets to attract new customers violate regulations. SportChamps, aiming to acquire new customers during a challenging gaming environment, faced penalties that could reach up to AU$110,000 for businesses and AU$11,000 for individuals breaching such regulations.


This development aligns with the state's broader initiatives, including an expanded cashless gaming trial to combat illegal gambling, money laundering, and enhance consumer protection. The state also commended efforts by establishments to remove gambling signage, aligning with ongoing measures to shield the public from the potentially adverse influences of gambling.



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