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The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has ordered ISPs to block another nine gambling sites for violating the country’s gambling law.

The ACMA said investigations have uncovered evidence the sites were operating in violation of the country’s Interactive Gambling Act 2001.

The latest sites to be blocked are Lucky7even, 50 Crowns, Rockwin, Bitdreams, Mr Pacho, Casino Infinity, Zota Bet and Spicyjackpots.

The law prohibits online operators from offering their services to Australian consumers without a licence from the state gaming regulator.

While sports betting is permitted, the law explicitly bans the provision of most forms of online casino.

ISP blocking is one tool regulators have to clamp down on offshore gambling.

The ACMA blocks sites if they operate without a licence, offer a prohibited gaming type, or publish ads for unlawful activities.

While employed by many regulators, especially in mature markets, some critics have argued that website cloning can complicate permanent blocking.

The communications authority made its first blocking request in November 2019. Since then, it has blocked 945 gambling and affiliate sites.

According to the regulator, 221 unlicensed sites have pulled out from the market since it began dialling up enforcement.

Earlier in the month, Australian money laundering watchdog AUSTRAC placed bet365 under investigation for suspected AML violations.

“Corporate bookmakers must have robust systems in place to ensure they can manage and mitigate risks associated with money laundering and terrorism financing,” said AUSTRAC CEO Brendan Thomas.

“Businesses without adequate processes in place to manage those risks leave themselves vulnerable to exploitation by criminals.”

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