Double Down Online Gambling Stirs Controversy Down Under

Published Friday, December 02, 2011 -

Facebook the greatest social network on the planet is again raising some angst in the continent of Australia. Recent announcements have caused the press to take a second listen to the well known opponent to online gambling in Senator, Nick Xenophon’s  latest rant about the DoubleDown Casino game on Facebook.
"The DoubleDown casino on Facebook gives players free chips - but once they are exhausted, punters are required to buy credits to continue to play online casino games such as poker and blackjack," it has been specified in the media, which also added that the casino’s Terms and Conditions clearly state that "Virtual Currency and Virtual Goods may never be redeemed for 'real world' money, goods or other items of monetary value from the Site or any other party."

The virtual money idea is not new but it does have its detractors and they are the ones who have made the complaints to their elected representative Senator Xenophon.
The issue has become an international problem from the Senators point of view and he is claiming that the USA located site was misleading and violates Australian online gambling laws, so he referred the matter to the Australian Communications and Media Authority. This organization has however ruled that the terms and conditions offered by the site were within the law and did not constitute gambling because it was not possible to win 'money or anything else of value' from playing the games provided.

Xenophon says there is "a loophole in the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 which has allowed hundreds of Australians to lose money".
He goes on to state, "People are paying real money to gamble on these sites. But because these gamblers are forbidden by the sites from converting that virtual money back into real money, the sites aren't technically breaking any laws. This needs to change."
A DoubleDown spokesperson said that millions of players return every day to the site to gamble using free chips.



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