WILLIAM HILL EXITS AUSTRALIA
30th May, 2012 at 07:53:41
Traversing the straight and narrow to full compliance
Bookmaker William Hill
has withdrawn its sports betting services from the Australian market in compliance with the stringent process involved in its Nevada gaming licence application.
The Australian Interactive Gambling Act 2001 states the provision of casino and poker games to Australian residents as a punishable offence and William HillâEUR™s sports betting offering may fly a bit close to the wall.
Sportsbook Review (SBR) published an e-mail sent to players from William Hill which said:
"Following previous communications, please be advised that we have taken the decision to withdraw our Sports betting service for any customer registered in Australia. Any real cash funds held in your account will now appear in your main William Hill account and you can arrange withdrawal of these funds through the âEUR˜My AccountâEUR™ section of our site."
William Hill management reportedly confirmed the exit in the interview with SBR.
UPDATE: AZOC received teh follwing message from Affiliate United, the marketing arm of William Hill later the same day:
"We are writing to notify you that following certain changes in regulations, William Hill is modifying its policies regarding players who reside in Australia.
Effective 30th May 2012, William Hill and our affiliated brands will no longer accept registrations, betting on sports or online gaming from any customer registered in Australia. At present, Customers are able to log into their account and withdraw funds."
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