Australian regulator fines Entain $26,690
On 7 September 2021, a betting inspector appointed by the Northern Territory Racing Commission wrote to Entain Group requesting that it provide written submissions to the Commission regarding a potential breach by Neds of clause 5.5 of the NT Code of Practice for Responsible Service of Online Gambling 2019.
Neds is one of the betting platforms which operates under Entain’s Northern Territory sports bookmaker’s licence.
The enquires regarding Neds’ alleged non-compliance with the code were initiated by the betting inspector after a member of the commission witnessed a conversation between a Neds Business Development Manager and a racegoer at the Fannie Bay Racecourse in Darwin on 31 July 2021.
The allegations were that during the course of the conversation the BDM stated that bonuses were available to that individual or any others who opened a Neds account using the QR code on his business card. The BDM handed his business card to the individual for this purpose and also encouraged the individual to promote it to his friends.
the commission has determined not to suspend or cancel Entain’s licence at this time but to impose once again the maximum fine of 170 penalty units which equates to $26,690.