Australian sports betting operator PointsBet has been fined AU$20,000 (€12.600) for posting an illegal gambling advertisement in New South Wales.

At a court hearing on Tuesday of this week the company admitted the offence. It had come to light after an investigation by Liquor and Gaming NSW into an advertisement that appears with the PointsBet app in the Apple App Store.

Under NSW’s Betting and Racing Act it is an offence to publish a gambling advertisement that offered any inducement to take part in any gambling activity.

Sean Goodchild, director of compliance operations for Liquor and Gaming NSW, said: “Betting operators have an obligation to ensure that all advertising complies with NSW laws on gambling advertising. Inducements are know to increase the risk of gambling harm so any breaches are taken seriously. Under new laws that came into effect in July of 2018, wagering operators, if found guilty of promoting inducements to gamble face fines of up to A$55,000 per offence and company directors can be criminally prosecuted.”