While the Australian market for online betting is booming Casino Rewards certainly has not done very bad either by doubling in size and moving their offices to a better location. When some former microgaming casino groups failed to stay afloat it was ITS management (Rewards Affiliates) that saw a buy out opportunity to add the doomed casinos to their portfolio. The following groups have been taken over recently:
Playshare partners / G3 partner : 4 casinos
Vegas Affiliates : 5 casinos
Villento affiliates : 2 online casinos
The ABC news report aboutalso describes in an indepth investigation how an Australian player was able to bet online for AUD at one of their partner casinos using a credit card within just a few moments.
This raises a lot questions for affiliates like us whether Rewards Affiliates is still allowing Australians to sign up and play for money.
On the other hand they say they do not allow players from Australia. If so then they are clearly in breach of the Australian Federal Gambling Laws as they head quarters the ITS management company which is based in Sydney Australia.
Another thing one might ask is why those Aussie players never showed up in the stats. We asked a while back why suddenly all country records were replaced by continents and Renee’s (affiliate manager) answer was that it was for legal purposes.
Now we can probably combine this with the Australian market and conclude that RA does not want to show all data.
The ABC reporter went into the ITS managent building and had a glance of their new office. As CEO Jimmy Taylor was not available for comment he left his business card to call back. Mr. Taylor most probably will never got back to him as he is in jeopardy of being sued for fraud and money laundering as his operation is not approved by a license of the Australian government.
Rewards Affiliates – ITS management complaints
In February 2011 there were already 23 complaints about ITS managent sites with the AMCA (Australian Media and Communications Authority), that concluded the law has been broken. All complaints were valid and in breach of the Interactive Gambling Act of 2001.
ITS management reported to Australian Federal Police
As laws are weak in Australia the Rewards Affiliate manged sited got away with a warning as the Federal police decided to hand it over to overseas autorities and additionally that the complaints would be more appropriately dealt with by a regulatory body.