ARF Anti-Illegal Betting Quarterly Bulletins

Quarterly Bulletins

The ARF Council on Anti-illegal Betting and Related Financial Crime produces a quarterly newsletter advising stakeholders about the latest developments in illegal betting and financial crime threatening horse racing and other sports. Each bulletin contains one or two articles on key issues, and new research in this area and analysis of implications for regulators, sports governing bodies and other stakeholders, as well as a curated list of important news articles in the field.

January 2023

January Bulletin - Article Three
January 27, 2023

This article is a personal sharing from ARF Council member Graham Ashton recounting his initial exposure to sports integrity at a conference in Europe where he was introduced to emerging criminal threats to the integrity of sports, to establishing the world's first Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit (SIIU) within Victoria Police.

January 2023

January Bulletin - Article Two
January 27, 2023

This articles dissects the distinct evolution of the displacement of illegal betting (and gambling) by organised crime groups across Asia that provides lessons for stakeholders regarding how to tackle the problem.

Token Gestures - How might Web3 impact racing and other sports?

Everything you ever wanted to know about NFTs, the metaverse, and 'GameFi'
January 27, 2023

Web3 is hailed as the next generation of the internet by its supporters, while critics argue it is nothing but marketing hype. But what is clear is that technologies such as NFTs, the metaverse and 'GameFi' have already and will continue to present opportunities and threats to racing and other sports - including in the betting industry. This article highlights that as betting operators package their products to appeal to their customers’ desire for enhanced entertainment, the nature of betting is likely to change, and gambling regulators will need to keep pace to understand how racing and other sports entertainment games may in fact be betting.

October 2022

October 24, 2022

The three in-depth articles from ARF Council members in this edition deep dives into topics such as sports betting data, Ireland's gambling regulatory reforms, and recent illegal betting typologies in Asia.

August 2022

August 12, 2022

The three in-depth articles from ARF Council members in this edition deep dives into issues related to illegal betting and financial crime impacting integrity in racing and other sports.

May 2022

May 18, 2022

This bulletin highlights and summarises ARF Council's major new publication ‘The State of Illegal Betting’, which can be downloaded here, as well as articles regarding Macau casino junkets and illegal betting and tote manipulation for illegal market betting.

January 2022

January 26, 2022

In this bulletin, ARF Council members Douglas Robinson and James Porteous describe social media advertising of illegal betting in Hong Kong and illustrate the growing trend of illegal betting operators flooding social media channels with advertising to reach new demographics of customers, in particular younger people in Generation Z.

October 2021

October 27, 2021

In this bulletin, Professor Sally Gainsbury, Director of Gambling Treatment & Research Clinic at the University of Sydney, shares research finding which looks into how legitimate websites, regulators and authorities can use behavioural science to steer customers away from illegal operators, and also explores factors that caused a person to pick one gambling website over another.

July 2021

July 1, 2021

This edition of the Quarterly Bulletin highlights two important issues related to illegal betting that have wider relevance to integrity in horse racing and other sports.

ARF Council Member Tim Robinson highlights an important case study in Australia where Racing Victoria collaborated with the Victoria Police to protect the integrity of their racing.

ARF Council Member Brant Dunshea explains the increased use of unauthorised drones intruding onto racecourses.

May 2021

May 1, 2021

The issue of use of blockchain and cryptocurrencies in the betting industry is critical as illegal betting operators move quickly to adapt to new technologies and regulatory loopholes/grey areas, leading to an advantage in illegal markets over legal betting markets. Unregulated cryptocurrencies are a fundamental threat to legal, licensed, regulated betting markets as they allow customers to play anonymously and operators to avoid Anti-Money Laundering procedures. The legal betting industry as well as credible regulators need to urgently cooperate to ensure that effective regulatory structures and processes are developed in order to avoid cryptocurrencies benefitting the growth of the illegal betting markets, and in doing so further funding transnational organised crime groups.

January 2021

January 1, 2021

In this edition, Graham Ashton explains why horse racing is ideally placed to help protect sports integrity and prevent organised criminality from infiltrating sport. As a former commissioner of police who established one of the first law enforcement sports integrity units, Graham is well placed to explain why horse racing has matured with the inter-relationship between its product and betting, and led the development of sports anti-corruption measures.

Also, James Porteous, Council Secretary, gives an overview of our new publication, Good Practices in Addressing Illegal Betting: A Handbook for Horse Racing and Other Sports to Uphold Integrity. All of the members of the Council have collaborated to compile this essential guide to protecting integrity in horse racing and other sports from corruption caused by illegal betting.

October 2020

October 1, 2020

In this bulletin, Professor Jack Anderson, Director of Studies, Sports Law, at the University of Melbourne provides a summary of a study conducted for Harness Racing Victoria which shows the positive impact on horse racing and other sports of integrity units.

July 2020

July 1, 2020

In this first bulletin, we outline changes in the betting markets resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic and what this may mean for betting on horse racing and sports in the longer term.