Australia Prohibits Online Poker and Casino Gambling

Published Wednesday, August 09, 2017 -
Australia Prohibits Online Poker and Casino Gambling

Australia has finally come to grips with a debate that has been ongoing for a long time now. The issue of online gambling legality has come to an end with the Australian Senate approving the Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016. The move which will ultimately place a nationwide ban on online casino and poker availability was contested by poker and gambling fans which testified on why the game should be excluded from the nationwide prohibition on internet betting.

Human Services Minister Alan Tudge, introduced the legislation that will ban unlicensed online casino and poker operators from focusing on the Australian market. There are no provisions in the gambling regulatory framework to allow for licensing of offshore online gambling operators.  

Sen. David Leyonhjelm has attempted to have online poker made exempt from the Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill and that online poker should be regulated.

Sen. Leyonhjelm has maintained that online poker should be classified as a skill game and different from casino games. The Senator says a regulated online market with proper monitoring tools and a tax framework would be beneficial and better than a ban.

An attempt to block unlicensed online gambling operators has been made by some of Australia’s jurisdictions but they have found the approach to be ineffective. Operators however have found ways around the ISP blocking efforts. The new laws will come into effect within thirty days of the signing of the bill and it will see an exit from the Australian market by more poker rooms. Operators 888poker, 32Red, and Gaming Innovation Group have already made the move to leave the Australian online poker scene with an announcement expected that PokerStars will also withdraw services in the country.

The new rules are bound to cause some stress for avid poker and casino participants who will be looking for alternatives to access the activity.




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