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Craig Young article attacked
is a copy of a letter sent by an OZmium client to
the Sydney Morning Herald.
The Sports Editor.
The article in the SMH: "Betfair faces millions
in fines after content ruled illegal" by Craig
Young, April 2nd 2003 is the greatest load of codswallop
I've ever read!
The Interactive Gambling Act is a Federal law. In
the summary of the Act at
is the following definition:
"Interactive gambling services include those
that are often described as online casinos
and usually involve using the Internet to play games
of chance, or games of mixed chance and skill. Examples
include roulette, poker, craps, online pokies
and blackjack. Interactive gambling services
are defined in section 5 of the Act."
It continues to explicitly exclude sports gambling
from the Act:
"Online wagering is not prohibited by the Act,
except where wagers are accepted online after a sporting
event has started."
To download the exact wording of the entire Act, go
relevant section is section 8a - an extract of this
section is appended at the end of this email.
This SMH article was so ridiculous that I thought
at first it was an April Fool's joke... except it
was published on the 2nd!
So unless the SMH reporter Craig Young has made a
complete hash of this article - quite possible, as
he obviously didn't bother to read the Act himself
- then the Australian Broadcasting Authority will
definitely end up with egg on it's face.
Tim Ryan, described in the article as a member of
the Australian Bookmakers' Association Internet betting
committee, said: "Any idiot who has read the
legislation knows that betting exchanges can't do
what they are doing in Australia."
Well Tim, should read the Act himself. And if he can't
understand it, he should ask someone who can. Tim
continues in the article: "Betfair have a customised
menu for Australian users - how stupid is that?"
Gosh Tim, were you born with both feet in your mouth?
Given that this remarkable piece of "journalism"
suggests that the Australian Broadcasting Authority,
the Australian Bookmakers' Association, the SMH, the
"respected racing identity" and of course
Betfair all know nothing of the Act, makes me rather
suspicious of the integrity of the reporter, Craig
Craig is having a real ball: "Under the NSW Unlawful
Gambling Act of 1998, punters in this state can be
prosecuted for betting with an overseas operator not
licensed in this country."
Craig delivers the coupe de grace himself: "It
is illegal for Australian punters to bet with Betfair,
which is a licensed betting firm in the United Kingdom."
Is that really so, Craig?
Legal Approach to Internet Gambling
Interactive Gambling Act 2001
8A Excluded wagering service
(1) For the purposes of this Act, an excluded wagering
(a) a service to the extent to which it relates to
betting on, or on a series of, any or all of the following:
(i) a horse race;
(ii) a harness race;
(iii) a greyhound race;
(iv) a sporting event;
(b) a service to the extent to which it relates to
(i) an event; or
(ii) a series of events; or
(iii) a contingency that is not covered by paragraph
NSW: UNLAWFUL GAMBLING ACT 1998 - SECT 5
Definition of unlawful game
5 Definition of unlawful game
(1) For the purposes of this Act, the following games
are "unlawful games" :
(a) the games called respectively fan-tan, pak-a-pu,
two-up, hazard, baccarat, faro or roulette, or any
similar game of chance,
(b) any game of chance that is played at a table or
with gaming equipment,
(c) any game involving the use or operation of a prohibited
(d) any game that involves the disposal of money by
lottery or by chance,
(e) any game in which the chances are not alike favourable
to all the players, including among the players, the
banker or other person (if any) by whom the game is
managed or against whom the other players play or
(f) any game that involves playing or staking against
a bank that does not pass from one participant in
the game to another:
(i) by chance or by regular rotation among all the
participants in the game, and
(ii) without any requirement to pay a charge or comply
with any other condition,
(g) any game with cards or other gaming equipment
from which a person receives a percentage or share
of the amount wagered,
(h) any game of skill or chance, or of mixed skill
and chance, in which any money is staked or risked
by a person on an event or contingency specified by
the person and in which:
(i) there is a dealer, croupier or banker who is not
a participant in the game while acting in such a capacity,
(ii) a person, other than a participant in the game,
receives a payment or other benefit from the playing
of the game, or
(iii) a payment or other benefit is given or sought
for the right to participate in the game or for the
right to enter the land or premises on which the game
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