In Australia, the Senate today followed the House Of Representatives in passing a piece of amended legislation that has closed several loopholes to completely ban online casino and poker games as well as the placement of in-play sportsbetting.
Introduced in November by Alan Tudge, Minister of Human Services for Australia, following the publication of the government’s Reviews Of Illegal Offshore Betting report, the Interactive Gambling Bill Amendment 2016 has now amended the nation’s existing online gambling laws to prohibit the provision and promotion of all services without a license for local players.
The House Of Representatives passing measure, designed to “bridge the gap found in the Interactive Gambling Act 2001”, on February 8 and the Senate http://184.108.40.206/ move means that all online casino and poker games are now illegal while further international betting will be required to obtain a local license to continue. offer their services to Australian based passengers.
However, the Canberra ban has not been accepted by all legislators with Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjelm telling The Australian Huffington Post news service that the new law is “stupid” because the changes are not needed and will not be effective.
“If you want to play poker, there are lots of opportunities in Australia at casinos and tournaments,” Leyonhjelm told The Huffington Post Australia. “It’s not as if there’s not a lot of poker playing already but they just stop online. The whole world is online now. The 2001 laws were originally intended to stop online gambling of various kinds but there was no such loophole. There is quite an active online poker community in Australia. I don’t think it will work for those who are really determined. If you have a [virtual private network] or an offshore account, you’ll still be playing. This is a stupid situation. “
Although online in-play sportsbetting has been banned for some time, the 2016 Amendment Bill’s Interactive Gambling now closes a loophole that allows passengers to place bets through the use of the “click to call” feature on the operator’s website and app. Live betting has been cited as a possible factor in the match or spot-fix although Leyonhjelm told The Huffington Post Australia that the new ban could actually help this illegal market prosper.
“In the UK, there are in-play betting providers and their government taxes are licensed,” Leyonhjelm told The Huffington Post Australia. “They raised hundreds of millions of revenues last year. They are also able to audit bets to link rigged and correlated sporting events that return to activity to follow the money trail. The on-play sportsbetting ban is intended to stop sports corruption. If that’s the case now, we may never know. “
Part of the Interactive Gambling Bill of Amendments 2016 was widely expected and 888Poker.com, which is the second largest online poker site in the world, exited the Australian market earlier this year while Vera & John wound its operations below near the end of 2016.
“This will promote the black market,” said Leyonhjelm of The Huffington Post Australia. “There are ways to circumvent the prohibition approach. People will gamble using foreign providers in various ways. They will be in the hands of the shady provider sometime and if they get ripped off they’ll have another recourse. “