article on responsible gambling
Well done Racenet
on publishing this!!!!!
At the bottom of all
wagering websites in Australia, you will see a banner that says something
like “ we support responsible gambling,” writes Peter
On the WA Government-owned TABozbet,
the wording is “RWWA supports responsible wagering”.
RWWA stands for Racing and Wagering Western
You can click on a link and get the full
story, "RWWA is committed to supporting the community in which
”We acknowledge our moral, social
and business responsibilities to promote responsible wagering amongst
”We actively promote a view of
shared responsibility and aim to provide all industry participants
an open and supportive environment in which to safely participate
in our wide and varied activities."
I have been having a good run on the
punt lately and have won a bit of money off TABozbet over the past
Today, I got the phone call from the
man in charge of the fixed odds operation.
He told me: “We have done a study
into the behaviour of some of our clients and I’m sorry to tell
you that your behaviour falls outside the desired outcomes for our
“Therefore I will be closing your
account today and the money owing to you will be transferred into
your nominated account.”
In other words, “you are a winning
punter, we don’t want you here.”
The “desired outcome” for
TABozbet clients is clearly - not to be a winning punter.
Which begs the question, which punters
do the Government-owned TABozbet want?
Clearly, only losing punters, some of
which are problem gamblers.
I am probably not the only winning account
that has been closed recently.
One wonders how many losing punters have
had their accounts closed in recent weeks. I did actually ask that
question, but was told it was “classified information”.
At a wild guess I would say, NIL!
So when TABozbet says they are “supporting
responsible wagering,” and that they “aim to provide all
industry participants an open and supportive environment in which
to safely participate in our wide and varied activities”, what
do they actually mean?
It seems clear to me that in reality
the only people who are welcome at TABozbet are losing punters, again
it must be pointed out, some of which are undoubtedly problem gamblers.
How does the reality of the policy actually
adopted by TABozbet marry with the statement about supporting “responsible
Apparently, being a winner is not seen
as responsible by TABozbet.
The practice of closing the account of
winning punters is a scourge that has infiltrated the Australian betting
landscape in recent years.
With British betting firms taking major
stakes in Australian betting houses, they have adopted the British
policy of reviewing all accounts each week and then getting rid of
This practice is not only short sighted,
it is utterly UN-AUSTRALIAN.
When a Government-owned TAB employs
the same practice it is beyond un-Australian. It is a disgrace and
shows the utter hypocrisy of Governments pretending to be worried
about problem gambling.
Apparently, the only problem gamblers
TABozbet is worried about are WINNERS!
They should be ashamed to call themselves
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