Australia: Tabcorp commits to volutarily end primetime gambling advertising

Australian gaming giant Tabcorp announced a commitment to ending primetime gambling advertising during Sydney’s gambling law and regulation conference Regulating the Game. Leaders and specialist practitioners in areas such as financial crime and safer gambling came together for a series of presentations and panel discussions to examine the issues facing the industry, including that of excessive advertising. 

Adam Rytenskild, CEO and Managing Director of Tabcorp, delivered the second keynote talk of the conference declaring there was a line in the sand moment for gambling advertising in Australia, and that the community “won’t tolerate the direction wagering advertising was going in.”

“We believe there is too much gambling advertising, and that people should be able to watch live sport without being inundated by gambling advertising,” he said, and went on to call for these sorts of ads to be stopped on free-to-air television between 6.30 am and 8:30 pm as a sensible measure to reduce the impact of gambling harm. 

Tabcorp will voluntarily stop advertising during this time frame even if it is not recommended by the Federal Government’s Inquiry into online gambling and its impacts on those experiencing gambling harm. 

Other conference highlights

Tahli Blicblau, Director of Strategic Intelligence and Capabilities at the NSW Crime Commission, presented Tuesday on her experience in leading the multidisciplinary team that delivered the NSW Crime Commission’s report into money laundering through electronic machines in NSW.

She stated that prior to the NSW Crime Commission’s investigation, law enforcement was not aware of the nature and extent of money laundering within NSW pubs and clubs. Blicblau also added that the report was a pivotal moment for the industry and that venues are now on notice and must ensure they are proactive in response to money laundering risks. 

Meanwhile, Crispin Yuen, Director at Custos Advisory, which focuses on financial crime, provided some insights into how the industry can reduce the risk of further breaches. “Cashless gaming may reduce money laundering risks; however, we may need to consider other risks such as the use of ID packs using stolen or borrowed identities from knowing and unknowing actors,” Yuen said.

Board and senior management will require a better understanding of the financial crime threat landscape. Setting the tone from the top – demonstrating the will to do the right thing in the organization, and setting out the organizational culture,” the expert added.

The event will now shift its sights toward innovation in regulatory practice including AI applications advancing safer gambling and disruptive technology such as crypto currency. 

Ian Hughes from Gaming Laboratories International will discuss disruptive technologies and Amardeep Thandi, from Chainalysis will speak about policy and compliance matters when integrating cryptocurrency and gambling.