Australian Legislation Contributes to Successful Punter Limits
Gambling operators have little tolerance for successful punters. Never have, never will. They prefer to cater to the unwashed masses who like to wager based on emotion and intuition. Punters who have moved beyond that level and quickly tagged and either banned or limited to the extent that they do not pose a threat to the profit of the major TAB operators or the corporate bookmakers.
Sportsbet founder Matt Tripp has described the practice as “un-Australian,” but it certainly is not limited to Australia. Tripp could be expected to be objective and he certainly has an insider’s knowledge of the betting industry gained before he sold Sportsbet to Irish wagering behemoth Paddy Power.
Professional punter Daniel O’Sullivan describes an environment where as much effort is devoted to getting bets placed as is required to figure out on what to wager.
Perhaps the angst over the situation is justifiable to a degree, but it is also true that it is really nothing new, as every bag holder everywhere throughout the entire history of wagering has sought to avoid punters who have used any sort of system to create returns above the commonplace.
The limiting practice is rampant in the U.S., where a skilled Black Jack player is politely escorted off casino premises and his or her image and identity shared with the other casino operators.