In-play sports wagering is the ability to place bets after the commencement of a sporting match or race event. The odds will change in real-time as the match or race unfolds.
In Australia, in-play wagering is only permitted while on site (physically being where the sporting event or race is being held) or over the telephone. The Commonwealth Government does not permit Australian licensed wagering providers to offer in-play wagering online; customers must call an operator to place a bet during live sporting matches or races.
Online wagering is considered a safe and well-regulated activity, and these current restrictions mean that Australian consumers have no choice but to use illegal overseas, unlicensed gambling websites to access online in-play wagering. This brings major concerns regarding the potential for corruption in sport and exposes consumers to major risks in using websites that offer no consumer protections and safeguards.
Expanding the provision of in-play wagering would enable more effective identification of potential wagering-related match-fixing, and allow sporting codes, wagering providers and governments to realise the benefits of providing a safe, regulated product that meets consumer market demands.