Is Australia Against Poker?

aaMost famous poker sites are on the point of withdrawing services from Australia. The government of the country has recently proposed amendments to the online gambling law which are supposed to forbid access to all online poker games. Nevertheless, people still hope of its abrogation and the further development of the game industry.

Last week the new amendment to the Interactive Gambling Act of 2011 surprised the whole country. As Minister for Human Services said, the government decided to take tough actions against illegal offshore providers that operate online gambling services in Australia. It is expected that even especially vulnerable people would not get into trouble online.

The reason why Amaya Inc., the owner of PokerStars, may approve of the new amendment, is its plans to launch in the newly regulated Portugal market. Obviously, it will displace Australia and discard its chance to obtain licensing.

We shall remind you that PokerStars is no longer the sponsor of the Aussie Millions tournament series and is most likely to have plans about leaving Australia in the near future. Also, the owner of this site, Amaya Inc., would have to block all the Australian online poker players if the amendments are enacted, as Daniel Sebag said.

ausAccording to the recent updates, all online poker players in this country contribute 2.5 percent of Amaya´s revenues. And again, if the amendment is passed by the Senate, famous sites like PokerStars, 888Poker and Party Poker will withdraw from the market and Australia will face a big economic change.

After all, it is still unclear whether the new restrictions will come into force. Poker players who seem to believe that this game improves skills and potential, stand against that new bill. But it may not help: almost all forms of online gambling are now prohibited, apart from a sports betting license. Well-known online casinos are forbidden because players can win large sums of money and immediately lose them. At the same time scratch card games are harmful for nervous or anxious people.

In addition to, the reaction of sites serving the US to the online poker games abolishment in Australia is one of the most interesting ones. Although both countries have long been partners, some of the sites in the Bodog (Bovada) Network can get benefits from Asia.

The only hope left is the growing number of unregulated poker sites. According to the latest news, they started focusing on changing online poker landscape. It seems that poker will still increase its popularity among Australians regardless of the possible ban.

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