Oceania

New Zealand to repeal betting levy in the next three years

New Zealand’s government is set to phase out the country’s betting levy over the next three years, as they move towards repealing the current system on the racing industry. As confirmed by Racing Minister Winston Peters, the funds that had been generated by the levy will now be distributed towards the racing and sports sector, instead of towards the Crown. …

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BetMakers pens deal with Betgenius to deliver global racing content

After entering into a new two-year partnership with Genius-Sports subsidiary Betgenius, BetMakers could begin to offer its racing data and pricing services to as many as 150 more operators around the world The Australia-headquartered supplier – formerly B2C brand TopBetta – is set to offer proprietary fixed pricing and data from 250,000 races per year to Betgenius’ clients, with content to …

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Victoria makes first move on AUS National Framework

Victoria has become the first Australian state to implement the mandate of the federally approved ‘National Consumer Protection Framework’, adding several new policies and requirements to its online gambling laws. Commonly referred to as the ‘National Framework’, the mandate was first established in December 2018, with the governments of New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia agreeing to collaborate …

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New Zealand plans to revamp racing industry with governance restructure

The New Zealand government has set out new plans to completely revamp the country’s horseracing industry, with proposals to impose new taxes on offshore bookmakers and establish new governance structures. Following an industry-wide review carried out by John Messara, two new pieces of legislation are set to be rolled out by the country’s deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters. The first …

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NZ ASA launches new ‘Gambling Advertising Code’ emphasising ‘fair representation’

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New Zealand’s Advertising Standards Association (ASA) has published its new advertising code, updating, policy, guidance and standards on promoting gambling services. Updating NZ media and gambling stakeholders, ASA details that its new code will be effective from 5 August 2019 for new adverts, with all incumbents expected to comply with the new laws by 4 November 2019. The new code …

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Ainsworth confirms Lawrence Levy as inbound CEO

Novomatic Group AG’s Australian gaming machine manufacturer and supplier Ainsworth Game Technology (Ainsworth), has confirmed the appointment of Lawrence Levy as new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The appointment, sees Ainsworth complete its 6-month executive search to find the leadership replacement of long-term CEO incumbent Danny Gladstone, who last September announced his pending departure set for June 2019. A seasoned industry executive in gaming …

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Sportschamps becomes latest operator to be fined by New South Wales authorities

New South Wales authorities have continued their crackdown on illegal gambling advertising this week, as Sportschamps becomes the latest operator to be sanctioned for a deposit bonus promotion published on its site last year. The advert in question stated that customers would be able to sign up to the site for free, while also adding: “Matched first time deposit bonus …

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Sportsbet fined for displaying illegal gambling advertisements

Australian operator Sportsbet has been hit with an AUS$10,000 (£5350) fine from New South Wales’ authorities after being convicted of displaying illicit gambling advertisements on its website. The advert in question displayed cartoon depictions of two male characters with their thumbs up, alongside the text: “Refer a Friend – Get a $100 Bonus Bet for every friend you refer to …

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Second jockey is charged by Racing Victoria for betting offences

Australian jockey Daniel Schmitt has become the second rider to be charged by Racing Victoria for betting offences, after it was found that he had placed over 71 bets across a two-and-a-half period. In February, apprentice jockey Chris Casareta was also charged with placing 6 bets on thoroughbred racing, something that is forbidden for Australian racers. Racing Victoria stewards have …

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Sky Racing World Launches OZ simulcasting for North America

Tabcorp Holdings’ international racing subsidiary Sky Racing World (Sky World) has announced the launch of an Australian racing High Definition (HD) simulcasting channel for the North American marketing. The launch of the channel marks Sky World’s continued focus on the North American market, with its racing content accompanied by a new customised graphics package for North American clients. David Haslett, President and CEO, …

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