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Ladbrokes Pulls out of Australian Self-Exclusion Talks

by Glenn Baird - August 20, 2018

Ladbrokes has criticised Australia’s proposed safer gambling legislation just a matter of weeks before its official implementation.

The UK founded company have been working with other sports betting outlets and the Australian government to put in place a national self-exclusion policy.

Any headway that the legislation might have been making has been dealt a serious blow after Patrick Brown, Ladbrokes general counsel, was quoted in the Sunday Morning Herald saying, “The design and implementation of most multi-operator self-exclusion schemes fails due to complexity.”

The proposed system would involve a self-exclusion system, the removal of incentives when referring friends and being able to set betting limits.

Despite the apparent good intentions Ladbrokes appear to believe that a simpler, more straight forward system, like the one used in the Northern Territories, would be more effective. Part of the argument being the system is already being used in part of Australia, so why not take it and use it elsewhere?

Undeterred by the criticism, a Director on the board at Responsible Wagering Australia, Stephen Conroy, stated that,
“All RWA members are strongly committed to this and currently offer simple to use self-exclusion options at an operator level whilst the federal government is implementing the national self-exclusion register.”

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland sits to the north-west of mainland Europe. The United Kingdom shares a border with The Republic of Ireland and has coasts on the Atlantic Ocean, Celtic Sea, North Sea, Irish Sea and English Channel. The population of the UK is approaching the 67.6 million mark leading to a fairly densely populated land mass. The gambling sector in the United Kingdom is entirely regulated and licensed by the UKGC – the United Kingdom Gambling Commission. Should players resident In the UK wish to gamble with foreign based operators there is no history of this being treated as a criminal offence, but high levels of protection exist for UK residents playing with UK licensed operators.


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