The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has said that Cloudbet and Las Atlantis have been restricted from accessing the market in the country.
ACMA, which works closely with ISPs, has vowed to fight against any entity that it perceives as a threat to the regulated gambling market.
Cloudbet and Las Atlantis were not registered in Australia, but they could be accessed from the country.
However, this does not mean that either of the operators was purposefully targeting consumers in the country. ACMA often takes it upon itself to restrict access through an ISP block which has been going for a while now.
The regulator has blocked more than 600 websites this way, some of which were actively seeking to make paying customers out of Australians.
However, ACMA has reminded customers to always be vigilant and not play at unregulated websites – that is websites which do not have a specific license from a local state regulator.
ACMA has been particular about companies restricting access of Australians to their websites and in the case where it thought that the operators had not done so, it’s usually the one to act instead.
Sports gambling and horse race betting are legal in Australia, but casino and poker are limited to only commercial venues that are regulated by state regulators.
Online casinos are not on the cards for any of the states presently. ACMA continues to ban large numbers of websites every month.
It is considered to be one of the strictest regulators in the world and most successful in maintaining a de facto control over illegal gambling websites targeting Australians.