Min­i­mum bet rules likely from Jan­uary

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - NATHAN EXELBY

RAC­ING Queens­land has flagged a likely in­tro­duc­tion date for new Min­i­mum Bet Lim­its to be Jan­uary 1 next year af­ter leg­is­la­tion was signed yes­ter­day.

The Gover­nor in Coun­cil signed the leg­is­la­tion, which al­lows RQ to im­pose the MBL’s from next year.

RQ an­nounced in March this year it would fol­low the lead of Victoria and New South Wales and in­tro­duce a min­i­mum bet limit book­mak­ers are re­quired to ac­cept from pun­ters re­quest­ing a bet of that size on Queens­land rac­ing.

The Queens­land frame­work will be sim­i­lar to that of its south­ern coun­ter­parts, with book­mak­ers re­quired to ac­cept bets to lose a min­i­mum of $ 2000 on metropoli­tan meet­ings and $ 1000 on all other races.

RQ has in­di­cated the rea­son the MBL will not be in­tro­duced sooner is be­cause wa­ger­ing providers have ex­ist­ing agree­ments on which they op­er­ate un­der the Race In­for­ma­tion Fee sched­ule, which are due for re­newal in Jan­uary.

“The leg­is­la­tion does pro­vide the le­gal plat­form to im­ple­ment the MBL in Queens­land,” an RQ spokesper­son said.

“How­ever, there is no le­gal obli­ga­tion for cor­po­rate book­mak­ers to adopt the change in 2017.

“RQ will be em­pow­ered to bring ef­fect to the leg­is­la­tion in Jan­uary 2018, through the re­newal of the an­nual Race In­for­ma­tion Fees agree­ments.”

How­ever, RQ did point out cor­po­rate book­mak­ers could in­tro­duce the MBL rules for their cus­tomers sooner if they wished to do so.

• The Bris­bane Rac­ing Club has ap­pointed for­mer Aus­tralian Turf Club ex­ec­u­tive Matt Ru­dolph to the new po­si­tion of gen­eral man­ager – rac­ing.

He will start in Septem­ber and part of his re­spon­si­bil­i­ties will be the rac­ing pro­gram, tracks and train­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

He will work along­side Bart Sin­clair, who has acted as the BRC’s rac­ing man­ager in a part- time role for the past four years.

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