In Australia, the Registered Clubs Association of New South Wales (ClubsNSW) has revealed that it rejected an offer from online gambling giant CentreBet to set up computer terminals in its venues.
CentreBet approached ClubsNSW, which represents almost 1,400 registered clubs, in April with a proposal that would have seen the establishment of an Internet cafe-style system linking gamblers directly to the online company's website. Clubs were offered a 50 percent share of any revenues generated by the computers, which would have been paid for on punter’s credit cards.
A similar mobile phone system had also been proposed in the past by Centrebet, Australia's largest online bookmaker, while smaller player BetEZy.com.au made a parallel offer last week prompting a statement from ClubsNSW.
ClubsNSW stated that it had rejected CentreBet’s offer in June to take a stand against credit cards being used by the online gambling indusry. Peter Newell, Chairman for ClubsNSW, stated that the Federal Government should step in and ban credit card betting.
'It's one thing to gamble with your own money, it's a completely different thing to gamble with money that is being provided on credit,' Newell said in a statement.
'ClubsNSW has taken a stand at a financial cost, one which we believe is the responsible action to take. Now it is up to Government to address the issue.'
Newell stated that, although problem gambling affected less the one percent of Australian adults, recent research suggested that the number of gamblers addicted to Internet wagering was on the rise.
'Recent research shows that the number of Internet problem gamblers is on the rise at well over 20 percent,' said Newell.