Section 9 Unlawful Gambling Act 1998 | Unlawful Bookmaking


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The Legislation

Section 9 of the Unlawful Gambling Act 1998 (NSW) is concerned with Unlawful Bookmaking and is set out below.

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9 Offence of unlawful bookmaking

(1) A person must not carry on bookmaking unless the person is a licensed bookmaker. Maximum penalty:
for a first offence–100 penalty units or imprisonment for 2 years (or both),
for a second or subsequent offence–500 penalty units or imprisonment for 2 years (or both).
(2) A person who is a licensed bookmaker must not carry on bookmaking except:
(a) at a licensed racecourse when it is lawful for betting to take place at the racecourse, or
(b) as permitted under section 16 (Authority to conduct telephone or electronic betting) of the Racing Administration Act 1998.

Maximum penalty:

(a) for a first offence, 200 penalty units (in the case of an offence committed by a corporation) or 100 penalty units or imprisonment for 2 years or both (in the case of an offence committed by an individual), or
(b) for a second or subsequent offence, 1,000 penalty units (in the case of an offence committed by a corporation) or 500 penalty units or imprisonment for 2 years or both (in the case of an offence committed by an individual).
(3) Subsection (2) does not apply in relation to any doubles betting, or call of the card betting, carried on by a licensed bookmaker in accordance with the approval of the Minister.
(4) The Minister’s approval under subsection (3) is subject to such conditions as the Minister thinks fit to impose.
(5) For the purposes of this section:”call of the card betting” means betting that is carried on in relation to a racing event on a day before the event takes place.”doubles betting” means betting that is carried on in relation to 2 separate racing events and in respect of which a successful bet requires the selection of the winners of both events.