The consumer watchdog is cracking down hard on an illegal online casino that has been the source of a slew of user complaints.
The online gambling site “thepokies.net” has been the subject of numerous complaints forcing the Australian Communications and Media Authority to take action against the site.
The ACMA has been forced to take action against online gambling site ‘thepokies.net’ after several Australians complained of not receiving their winnings from slot machine jackpots or losing large amounts of money on the website.
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The site, which attracts nearly 30,000 Australians every year, offers simple online poker machines including Gates of Olympus and Sweet Bonanza.
Thepokies.net is one of hundreds of online gambling sites that the regulator has been cracking down on since 2019.
Since 2019, the ACMA has pushed online service providers to shut down over 500 illegal gambling sites that have breached current Australian gambling laws.
Thepokies.net has become the main focus of the ACMA, with the regulator pushing online service providers to block the site online.
Online pokies style games as well as online blackjack, scratchies and roulette are currently banned in Australia.
Those who continue to operate illegal online gambling websites in Australia risk a $1.1 million fine.
Online gambling has increased over the past two years due to the Covid pandemic, with Australians contributing at least $400 million to the online gambling sector each year.
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