Horse racing fans in the Australian State of New South Wales were presented yesterday with one of the more complicated ways imaginable to place bets via the internet while at racecourses, after Racing NSW moved forward to try and enact some of the recommendations of an independent review of wagering in the state which was published in October 2008.

In order for racecourse patrons to place internet bets while at the races, they must first apply for authorisation from Racing NSW to carry a laptop computer on course, which will be subject to an annual monitoring fee.

The laptop which the punter wishes to use for internet betting at racecourses must be dedicated for that purpose and cannot be used for anything else, anywhere else.

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