Australian ‘Click to Call’ In-Play Betting Being Challenged
Heavy tension is still brewing between lawmakers and online bookmakers regarding in-play betting. Up until this point many of the bookmakers have been able to work a loop-hole that allows punters to make in-play bets within seconds by dialing a number through a phone application. This is generally referred to as the ‘click to call’ function and it has taken scrutiny as being against the spirit of the law that was enacted to prevent online in-play bets.
Even with the Human Services Minister Alan Tudge sending letters to businesses throughout the bookmaker industry to cease the action, saying it is a breach of law, the online bookmakers have openly disregarding his petition. Mr. Tudge has set a hard line on the service saying “Legislation will be introduced as quickly as possible to make the law unambiguous to all providers. We made clear in our response that we do not intend to further expand the online betting market in Australia by legalizing online in-play betting.”
This is not the first time that ‘click to call’ in-play betting has been challenged. The Australian Federal Police had been notified of the practice as recently as last year regarding William Hill providing the service. After evaluation the Australian Federal Police decided that the investigation was not warranted. As a result this will likely move any changes to the practice out of the courts and into parliament.
While amendments to the Interactive Gambling Act of 2001 may eventually occur there is currently no sign of bookmakers slowing down on working within the laws currently set. The soonest changes likely to be seen that enforce the removal of “click to call’ in-play betting would come from states adding a provision to the bookmaker’s gambling license. The Northern Territory Racing Commission has already set this into motion. As recently as last month they sent a new proposed condition to the bookmaker’s licenses that prohibited the ‘click to call’ in-play service.
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Michael is originally from Queensland and is an accomplished writer who has worked in the casino industry for several years. He is drawn to anything with a wheel, reel, or dice.
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