Australian Venture for Online Casinos Firm
Following the decision of the Australian state of Tasmania to award British online casinos firm Bet Fair a license, the firm has announced its intentions of establishing a customer support service in Tasmania. British employees of the online casinos company will arrive in Hobart in the next week to begin work on the firm’s Australian operation. The new customer service center will mark the beginning of a strategic partnership between the online casinos company and James Packer’s Publishing and Broadcasting Ltd.
The decision to award the online casinos firm a license to operate in Australia has not escaped controversy. In November 2005 the Tasmanian parliament passed ground-breaking legislation in Australia permitting the licensing of online casinos in Tasmania. However Bet Fair still requires approval from the Tasmanian Gambling Commission. Once this is forthcoming, casino players and sports betting fans will be able to use the online casinos firm’s services in a matter of weeks.
However crucial the Tasmanian Gambling Commission’s support may be for Bet Fair, its decision on licensing will have far greater consequences for other online casinos companies interested in the Australian market. If granted a license, Bet Fair will be able to market its products and services to all Australians, not just Tasmanian residents. Currently gamblers in Western Australian and New South Wales are unable by law to access Bet Fair to wager on horse racing. The TAB is a traditional opponent of licensing foreign online casinos and sports betting firms as the organization enjoys a monopoly on a wide range of betting activities.