Bet365 is temporarily suspending its operations down under in order to focus on their application for a sports betting license in the country’s Northern Territory. As of the week commencing 22nd August it’s believed that the company’s casino, poker, games and bingo sites will be unavailable.
A poster, on PokerStrategy.com, received an email that read:
We’re in the process of applying for a Sports betting licence in Australia. As part of our preparations for this, we regret to inform you that our Casino, Poker, Games and Bingo sites will no longer be available from week commencing 22nd August.
Any funds currently in your Casino, Poker, Games and Bingo balances will be transferred to your Sports balance. Our Sports site will continue to work as normal.
Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
The bet365 Team
No time-scale has so far been given as to when the company’s gambling industry operations will reopen as they don’t know when they might get granted a license to offer licensed sports betting. The license they applied for back in May would see them licensed to offer online wagering from the country’s Northern Territory. Casino, Poker, Games and Bingo are for now biting the dust.
Sports betting firms have had far from an easy ride in Australia with Sportsbet and Betfair the latest to be heavily criticized following separate issues. Those tinnies they brought to the welcoming party must have been luke-warm if the reaction is anything to go by. Sports authorities have targeted Australia’s youthful pursuit in the wake of a number of spot betting scandals. It does appear to have emerged relatively unharmed and we just have one piece of advice for Bet365 – wack the beers in the freezer and buy a load of stubbie coolers. You’ll need them to be in with the cool gang.