The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has banged their chest extra Tarzan hard by roping in the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement to help them put a leash on non-Australian based online gambling companies.
Richard Bean, Acting Chairman of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), has taken robust measures to ensure those trying to serve Australian punters in the wake of the new legislation have a strong reason to cease immediately.
In a cool and calculated move, Mr Bean has written to David Rebuck, Director of the New Jersey Department of Gaming Enforcement (NJDGE), to remind him that NJ gaming law ensures that parties towing the line cannot violate gaming laws in foreign countries.
In April 2016, the DGE issued a Director’s Advisory Bulletin (DAB) entitled Impact of Operations in Grey Markets on Suitability for Licensure. The DAB made it clear to B2B and B2C companies licensed to operate in NJ that once a Grey Market state notifies the DGE of their intent to start smacking people in the ass for violating their laws that the DGE would recognise the market as Black.
Black = Bad.
On the 14 Sep, Bean wrote to Rebuck to explain the changes in the law, more explicitly, the banning of games of chance, and combined games of skill/chance, such as roulette, blackjack, slot machines, and poker, as well as banning ‘in play’ betting at online sportsbooks. Furthermore, Bean reminded Rebuck of the DGE rules and asked for his full support.
Rebuck didn’t disappoint.
On Sep 29, the Director of the NJDGE wrote to the Internet Gaming Counsel making it very clear that Australia was a Black Market and reminding companies licensed in New Jersey that continuing to do business Down Under may result in the Division taking regulatory action against your company, including finding your company unsuitable for licensure in New Jersey.
The letter ended with a demand that B2C and B2B companies operating in Australia provide the DGE with a certificate from a corporate officer explaining the process they are going through to comply with the changes in Australia’s legislation.
Most of the big boys have already left the Australian market including PokerStars, 888Poker, and partypoker, and it’s safe to say that the threat of facing an AUD$7.9m daily penalty wasn’t the only reason they left.
Those that remain in business have 15 days to respond.
Here is a copy of both of the letters courtesy of Online Poker Report.