Free VPS Trial, no credit card required
Learn More
NetShop logo

Home

Blog

Australia outlaws online poker...

Australia outlaws online poker

Australia outlaws online poker

Published on Wed Mar 22 2017

The Australian Senate has passed the Gambling Amendment Bill 2016 which placed a ban on internet poker and in-play sports betting.

The Senate has been reviewing the proposed changes since November 2016. The main goal of this law was to close a number of regulatory loopholes. For example, some major operators have been offering in-play betting over the telephone rather than online.

It is expected that such move will encourage main gambling companies to leave the country. Until now, operators Vera&John and 888Poker have already ceased their operations and it is likely that Pokerstars is soon to follow.

Industry experts believe that customers wishing to continue playing poker online will turn to unauthorised websites.

Liberal Democrats Senator David Leyonhjelm, who openly announced his opposition to the amendments, was quoted by HuffPost Australia stating that such changes are “stupid”.

“It’s stupid; if you want to play poker, there are lots of opportunities in Australia, at casinos and tournaments. It’s not as if there isn’t a great deal of poker playing already, but they’re just stopping it online. The whole world is online now” Senator Leyonhjelm said.

“The original 2001 law was meant to stop online gambling of many kinds, but it didn’t, there was a loophole. There is quite an active online poker community in Australia. I don’t think it will succeed for those really determined. If you have a [virtual private network] or offshore account, you will still play. It’s a stupid situation to be in.”

“It will promote the black market. There are ways to circumvent these prohibition approaches. People will gamble using foreign providers by various means. They will be in the hands of sometimes shady providers, and if they get ripped off, they will have no recourse” Leyonhjelm commented on the decision.

Share this article

Recent Posts

Promo: How to Get Cloud & Server Hosting for Free with NetShop ISP

Promo: How to Get Cloud & Server Hosting for Free with NetShop ISP

April 08, 2021

Benefits of Malta VPS Hosting

Benefits of Malta VPS Hosting

April 07, 2021

Is Free Unlimited Hosting Secure?

Is Free Unlimited Hosting Secure?

April 05, 2021

How to Increase the Maximum File Upload Size in WordPress (6 Easy Ways)

How to Increase the Maximum File Upload Size in WordPress (6 Easy Ways)

April 02, 2021

How to choose the best Reseller Web Hosting

How to choose the best Reseller Web Hosting

March 31, 2021