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Online bookmaker Bet365 fined $2.75m over misleading 'free' offers

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Rod Sims says Bet365 s scheme was the worst in the broader crackdown on free offers made by companies online.

But, to receive the free bets, customers had to deposit and gamble $200 of their own money first.

In practice, punters had to wager a minimum $1,200 before being allowed to cash any winnings.

The lawsuit was brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission as part of a broader crackdown on free offers made by companies online.

The ACCC chairman, Rod Sims, said Bet365 s scheme was the worst of those free offers but other online betting companies had similar promotions.

As a licensed and regulated Australian betting operator which strongly supports the promotion of responsible gambling, bet365 takes very seriously its obligations to comply with all regulatory and legislative requirements, it said.

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