Online gambling companies pay commission to third parties for new players

Originally Posted on Tuesday Aug 16 9:19:00 BST 2011

There is an interactive and online gambling inquiry in Australia at the moment, and no doubt interested parties in New Zealand are keeping a watchful eye on proceedings.

The Chief Executive of Sportsbet, which is based in the Northern Territory in Australia, has revealed that it is standard practice in the gambling industry for companies to pay commission to third parties for referrals to their sites.  Sportsbet has admitted that it pays up to £4 million a year in commissions.

The issue is that the people being referred do not know that others were getting remuneration for the introductions, and this may breach legislation.

This news has prompted an independent Senator to amend an online gambling bill which he is working on, so that it would outlaw such commissions being paid in the future.

Whilst online gambling around the world continues to become more popular, some countries, including New Zealand, have remained adamant that internet casinos should not operate within their shores, but this only prompts people who want to use interactive

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