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In-play betting battle steps up

Tue, Jul 19, 2:46pm by Staff Writer

The latest battle lines over in-play betting have been drawn with Sportsbet referred to the Australian Federal Police over its Bet Live betting service.

The Australian newspaper has reported that the Australian Communications and Media Authority received a complaint about the Bet Live live-in play betting service.

ACMA determined that the service could constitute prohibited internet gambling content under the Interactive Gambling Act and referred the matter to the AFP.

AFP confirmed that it was still evaluating the matter, but only last year it decided not to investigate  William Hill for similar concerns about its “click to call” service.

However, the battle over in-play betting is more likely to be decided in parliament than in the courts with Federal Human Services Minister Alan Tudge indicating before the recent federal election that there would be a push to officially ban in-play betting.

The strong result for anti-gambling MP Nick Xenophon’s NXT party in the election has only increased the chances of that occurring.

But the Northern Territory government, which regulated most of the large corporate bookmakers in Australia, may act before that to end in-play online betting.

The Northern Territory Racing Commission advised the bookmakers last month of a proposed condition to be added to their licences that would prohibit them offering in-play betting.

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