PointsBet fined for illegal gambling ad in NSW

Betting operator PointsBet has been convicted and fined $20,000 for posting an illegal gambling advertisement in New South Wales, the second case to be publicised this week.

The penalty was handed down in Downing Centre Local Court on Tuesday 9 April after PointsBet pleaded guilty to offering people in NSW illegal inducements to gamble.

The prosecution follows an investigation by Liquor & Gaming NSW into an advertisement that appeared alongside the PointsBet app in the Apple App Store, which offered up to $100 back if participants opened a betting account.

Under the NSW Betting and Racing Act, it is an offence to publish “a gambling advertisement that offers any inducement to participate, or participate frequently, in any gambling activity (including an inducement to open a betting account).”

“Betting operators have an obligation to ensure that all advertising complies with NSW laws on gambling advertising,” Liquor & Gaming NSW Director of Compliance Operations, Sean Goodchild said. “Inducements are known to increase the risk of gambling harm so any breaches are taken seriously, which is reflected in the $20,000 fine.”

Under new laws that came into effect in July 2018, wagering operators, if found guilty of promoting inducements to gamble face fines of up to $55,000 per offence and company directors can be criminally prosecuted.