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Offline PoisonPen7

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O.P. « 2021-Jan-29, 12:37 AM »
Top bookie Robbie Waterhouse accused of illicit perks


Bookmaker Robbie Waterhouse has been accused of using illegal inducements and incentives — such as offering free betting money and improved market odds — to lure punters to his online gambling website.

The Australian can reveal the racing identity, who is married to leading trainer Gai, will front court next month after becoming the latest target in Liquor & Gaming NSW’s crackdown on illicit internet betting promotions.

The 66-year-old has been charged with five counts of unlawfully publishing gaming advert­isements relating to his eponymous betting website, ­RobWaterhouse.com, and faces a $55,000 fine if convicted.

The alleged offences relate to a promotional banner featured on his website last June, along with three emails he allegedly sent between last June and last August and a tweet posted by an account allegedly run by Waterhouse.

The tweet, which appeared on June 13, attracted the attention of authorities after promising betting “boosts” to gamblers on his website. “Forms done for today, markets are open! It looks a great day of racing. I’m giving punters 5 boosts a day join me now at http://RobWaterhouse.com,” it said.

Under the Betting and Racing Act 1998, it is an offence for sport bookmakers to publish or communicate any inducement to participate in any gambling activity unless the advertising is directly targeted to a person who holds an account with that bookmaker.

According to the act, inducement is defined as “the offer of a credit, voucher, reward or other benefit that includes additional benefits or enhancements”.

It will be alleged Waterhouse followed up the tweet days later with a promotional banner on his website on June 18 that promised: “Up to 5 price boots per day.”

The Sydney bookmaker has also been accused of sending emails to clients offering “FREE $20 cash”, “Bet Boosts” and a promotional email notifying the receiver that he had launched his betting website, promising “great pricing” and “lots of bonuses”.

“Hi Jai, I hope you took advantage of the FREE $20 cash I deposited straight into your Robwaterhouse.com account this week. If you are betting with me this weekend, remember I offer 5 Bet Boosts per day. Best, Rob,” Waterhouse allegedly said in one email to a customer.

Since Waterhouse is trading as a sole trader, he is being prosecuted as an individual, with each ­offence carrying a maximum penalty of $11,000.

In 2018 and 2019, state and territory governments implemented minimum protections for online gamblers called the National Protection Framework, which must be adhered to by all online wagering providers. Individual states and territories have separate legislation, with NSW having some of the strongest in the country.

The legal action against Waterhouse comes after multinational online betting sites Ladbrokes and Neds were convicted at the Downing Centre Local Court last February for promoting inducements to gamble. The firms were ordered to pay a total of $207,500 in fines — the largest gambling fine to be handed down in NSW.

Waterhouse, who was charged with the alleged offences last month, is scheduled to appear in court for mention on February 17. His wife, Gai Waterhouse, was ­appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia on Australia Day for her distinguished services to the racing industry.

It is not the first time the ­Waterhouse family, one of the highest profile in racing, has come under fire for activities relating to its gambling empire.

William Hill, at the time headed by Waterhouse’s son Tom, was referred to federal police by the Australian Communications and Media Authority over a betting loophole that allowed punters to bet live on sports on their phones.

The AFP rejected that referral in October 2015.


https://www.theaustralian.com.au/sport/horse-racing/top-bookie-robbie-waterhouse-accused-of-illicit-perks/

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« 2021-Jan-29, 12:40 AM Reply #1 »
Has society been infected with "wokeness" so much that giving away free $20 bets deserves this sort of action?

I get Bonus Bets from the TAB all the time. What's the difference  :what:

Those prosecuting the case would want to hope that the judge doesn't enjoy a bet him or her self.


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« 2021-Jan-29, 02:22 AM Reply #2 »
Difference is you have an account with the TAB.

Rob is being accused of offering free bets as an inducement to open an account to non customers.

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« 2021-Jan-29, 07:06 AM Reply #3 »

This court case will be instructive

.....................  please advise when the matter is listed for a full hearing..............

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« 2021-Jan-29, 11:30 AM Reply #4 »
Pete

I’d be flabbergasted if it gets to a court.

Liquor and gaming only prosecute when they have an air tight case, I’ll bet dollars to donuts, RW settles and pleads guilty to one case.


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« 2021-Jan-29, 12:33 PM Reply #5 »
 

Thank you AT..... two donuts are 'on the table' at a venue of your choice, and I will throw in a cup of coffee.

(.........my bsb et al will be sent privately)

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« 2021-Jan-29, 01:27 PM Reply #6 »

There are no free lunches .......... there are semantic inducements to believe there are



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« 2021-Jan-30, 12:21 PM Reply #7 »
Difference is you have an account with the TAB.

Rob is being accused of offering free bets as an inducement to open an account to non customers.

You are technically correct AT.

But my argument is broader than that.

I've just been reading how Christine Holgate has been cleared of any wrongdoing for giving staff Cartier watches. Yes. She didn't break "the rules".

But charging Rob as a criminal for giving away free $20 bets compared to the outcome in Holgate's case deserves a bit of a higher level analysis.

So the NSW Liquor and Gaming Department will prosecute Robbie Waterhouse - this is a high profile case where some no-names will get publicity - over $20 bets, but if you want to walk down to the club and put a $1k in the pokies and get involved in promotions then no problem. Same department oversees that. But we all know the pubs and clubs donate generously to political parties.

Society seems to have selectively placed "rules" that are on the face of it, duplicitous.

Another one. Some pregnant woman posts something negative about masks on social media so the Viv police come around, break down the door, and lead her off to jail.

But if you are some sort of celebrity, or someone who has a media profile, you get a special pass from the Minister to come and go as you please.

I'd rather see L & G do something that adds value for the NSW taxpayer, rather than wasting it on lawyers for trivial matters.

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« 2021-Feb-03, 07:09 PM Reply #8 »


.............. do bids for TAB's business emerging encourage protection of its sale value?


Online jfc .............        Some vague ASX announcement from Tabcorp about bids for its wagering and media business.

Without any analysis my bet is TAH would be far more attractive once its ailing wagering arm is amputated..

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« 2021-Feb-03, 09:00 PM Reply #9 »
PP as you know we sometimes disagree : and that is how life should be in a democracy. But really I cant believe your civil servants can contemplate that this is a proper use of public money  to pursue Waterhouse over this matter. My knowledge of this particular family insists that I have no fondness for them whatsoever. However this matter : as you say is "trivial ". The only thing it does suggest to me is that they must have cleaned up all the major crimes in NSW to be concentrating on this particular "scourge ". Must be " Xanadu " in NSW !!

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« 2021-Feb-04, 04:14 AM Reply #10 »
I have the contrary view.

If you have a rule you need to ensure that it is followed. So if we say $20 is permissible is $50 fine or is the limit $100 or is it $1000.

The laws are very clear and the other dozen operators large and small are complying, no reason why RW should be different.

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« 2021-Feb-04, 04:30 PM Reply #11 »

................. another corporate is playing up the semantics of inducements


PlayUp are an Australian Owned bookmaker........................... They offer the best promos in the market ................


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