Australia is very close to fully regulate its online market, regarding e-gaming, but some changes have been happening for a while now. The latest one is about poker, with the latter being illegal now in the territory. This happened after the implementation of the Australian government’s Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill a few days ago. On the other hand though and after the many angry reactions of the poker fans, there is something that may change things over.
After all the reaction, the Australian government officials stated that they are trying to decriminalize the online poker market. And not only this, but to also implement a full licensing framework for the popular casino game. To be more exact, just a couple days before, Australia’s chief online poker advocate, Senator David Leyonhjelm announced that “I have received a letter from Communications Minister Mitch Fifield. It advised that he has instructed his Department to undertake some preliminary work examining the feasibility of Australian onshore providers obtaining licenses to operate online poker”.
After many years of talk, the Australian market was regulated through the Interactive Gambling Amendment act. The latter aimed to put an end to unlicensed sports betting operators from targeting Australian customers. In addition, by the laws of the Gambling Amendment, any bookmaker who wants to operate in the territory, should get an Australian license. This had the unfortunate consequence of effectively banning online poker. Although the Australian Online Poker Association did their best to avoid such a thing. This had as a result many online poker operators, such as PokerStars and 888 withdrawing their services from Australia.
But now, something seems that may be changed. Senator Leyonhjelm remains committed to the establishment of a new Australian regulatory body. One that in its make up will be similar to the UK’s Gambling Commission. “Australian online poker players deserve to have a safe, regulated environment in which to enjoy their pastime and not be forced into using offshore sites. I will make sure this matter maintains momentum.”.