The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has asked the country’s internet service providers to block the gambling website, thepokies.net, which it says is one of the most important it has blocked so far.
Payments on the site run into the tens of millions of dollars and there are around 30,000 visitors per month, the ACMA said in a press release.
An ACMA investigation found the site was operating online casino-type games, which are banned in Australia under the Interactive Gambling Act 2001.
Over 500 illegal gambling sites have been taken down since the ACMA began using this regulatory tool in November 2019.
“We’ve had more complaints about thepokies.net this year than any other illegal gambling site, and it’s clearly hurting the Australian community a great deal,” said ACMA President Nerida O’Loughlin.
“Complaints range from people losing large sums to the site’s refusal to honor deposits and winnings.
“By blocking access to sites like this, we send a strong message that the ACMA can and will take action to prevent illegal operators from targeting Australians.”
More than 160 illegal services have withdrawn from the Australian market since the ACMA began enforcing new rules on illegal offshore gambling in 2017.
Besides thepokies.net, the ACMA has also asked ISPs to block illegal gambling sites Azure Hand, Abo Casino, Betroom, 777Bay, Space Lilly, Jet Casino, Katsu Bet and Winz.