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Tabcorp slams ClubsNSW about Crownbet deal – Breach in law

TabcorpdeclareswarasNSWvenuesconsiderCrownbetmachines

February14,20171:03pm。

bySarahOBrien

TabcorphaswagedwaronCrownbetfollowingthedealbetweentheonlinebettingoperatorandClubsNSW。

Tabcorp,whichsigneda20-yearexclusivitydealwithNSWgovernmentin2013,haspointedoutclubsinNSWcouldbebreachingthelawiftheygoaheadwiththedealforCrownbettoinstallATM-stylewithdrawalmachines。

Themoveispartofa10-yeardealbetweenClubsNSWandCrownbet,wheretheclubswillearncommissionsonallbetsmembersmakeviatheonlinebettingoperatorinthevenues,asconfirmedlastweek。

Tabcorp–whichoffersTABbettingfacilitiesinclubsandpubsallaroundNSW–hassubsequentlywrittentothehundredsofClubsNSWvenuesdetailingapotentialbreachofthelawiftheygoaheadwiththemachineinstallation。

Theletter,writtenbyTabcorpChiefExecutive,DavidAttenborough,detailedhiscompanywasthe“solewageringproviderthatisentitledtoprovidegamblingservices(includingdigitalwagering)off-courseinNewSouthWales,byvirtueofitswageringlicenceandNewSouthWaleswageringlegislation。



AttenboroughsaiditwasreviewingthemachinesandoutlinedtheservicecouldcauseCrownbetoracluboperatortobebreachingsectionsoftheUnlawfulGamblingAct。

“Wenotethats31ofthatActprohibitsanowneroroccupierofapremisesfromknowinglyallowingthepremisestobeusedfor,orinconnectionwith,bookmakingcarriedonbyoronbehalfofapersonwhoisnotalicensedbookmaker,”Attenboroughwrote。

“Tabcorp’sstrongunderstandingisthatCrownBetisnotalicensedbookmakerforthepurposesoftheUnlawfulGamblingAct。

“Weencourageyoutoevaluatethe?

CrownBet?

proposalinlightofthelegalrisksaswellasTabcorp’scommercialoffering。



ThedealgotthegreenlightafteritwasrevealedClubsNSW’svenueshavebeenunhappywiththefeesincurredfromtheTABfacilities,andfrombroadcastingtheTabcorp-ownedSkyRacingservice。

ClubsNSWCEOAnthonyBallsaidover90percentoftheclubsinthestatehavelostmoneyonTABoutletsasmoreandmorepeoplechoosetogambleonline。

“OurarrangementwithCrownBetwillensureallNSWclubsgettheirfairsharefromdigitalbetsandwillhelpensuretheindustry’slong-termviability,”hesaid。

The20-yeardealbetweenTabcorpandNSWclubsandpubswasagreedtobythestate’sgovernmentandcostTabcorp$75million,butitwillloseitsmonopolyifthemachinesarerolledout。

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