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Thread: Australia is Now Anti-Online Poker - 1 Month to Go

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    Default Australia is Now Anti-Online Poker - 1 Month to Go

    The long-pending Australian ban on online poker has finally made it through the legislative process and is slated to become law 28 days after the formality of the governor-general granting royal assent. The Senate dropped the amendments that it had added to the Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill of 2016 and agreed to the House's version of the text on Aug. 9, 2017. PokerStars has stated that it will stop serving Australian players once the prohibition takes effect, so AU residents will soon not be able to play at the largest online poker site in the world.

    Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill of 2016


    888, you might recall, left Aussie poker behind back in January. Stars is leaving. Party will soon follow. Everyone who is publicly traded you can count on them leaving. Private companies might stick around. Almost certainly those who provide games to US players, the offshore sites, they will pounce on this. In fact, Ignition and Intertops already have. The former started allowing Australian players for the first time and the later has begun running Aussie themed tournament series with big overlays to attract newly disenfranchised players.

    Get ready, your pages need rearranging! Although this is right up our alley because we already work extensively with the US sites who will soon be taking over the Australia online poker scene

    Btw, the first paragraph, more or less, came from this article.
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    Yeah the writing was on the wall. The irony is that there are pokie machines on nearly every street corner. But of course they're thinking of the problem gamblers

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    Not the best news... In Poland government banned it too this year.

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    PokerStars sent out emails to players. They are leaving Australia behind on an unconfirmed date mid September 2017.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pokeraussie View Post
    Yeah the writing was on the wall. The irony is that there are pokie machines on nearly every street corner. But of course they're thinking of the problem gamblers
    From what I understand, Australia has the highest rate of gambling of all countries. To go all nanny state on the residents of the country at this point is just silly. But reason doesn't seem to factor into politics and law. It's all about lobbying and money.

    Quote Originally Posted by Carlaca View Post
    Not the best news... In Poland government banned it too this year.
    More and more countries every year are cordoning off their citizens and not allowing them to play online. Or keeping them to only playing online versus players from their own country. I think mostly for fear of money leaving the country and going to other destinations. Likely because all these governments are so broke!


    There is hope however for Aussies. Just yesterday, liberal democratic senator, David Leyonhjelm, announced that he has made some behind the scenes progress on getting some type of exemption for online poker cut out of the Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill of 2016.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PROFRBcom View Post



    More and more countries every year are cordoning off their citizens and not allowing them to play online. Or keeping them to only playing online versus players from their own country. I think mostly for fear of money leaving the country and going to other destinations. Likely because all these governments are so broke!

    I have read somewhere that Sweden will be next. It's such a good market...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlaca View Post
    I have read somewhere that Sweden will be next. It's such a good market...
    I've never had any luck there at all. The only poker affiliates I know doing well there are under the table rakeback guys who cut each other's throats for a 2 or 3% margin. It's not a market I want any part of

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    Quote Originally Posted by PROFRBcom View Post
    I've never had any luck there at all. The only poker affiliates I know doing well there are under the table rakeback guys who cut each other's throats for a 2 or 3% margin. It's not a market I want any part of
    As far as I know, I net vaule of one player in Sweden is 200
    Last edited by Carlaca; 09-25-2017 at 03:12 AM.

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    It saddens me every time a country bans online poker. What do they have against it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlaca View Post
    As far as I know, I net vaule of one player in Sweden is 200
    You're almost certainly talking about CPA values, and for rec players. For me, trying to provide information to more enthusiast players, I run into all types looking to undercut each other with shady rakeback deals with very little margins. It's upsetting to me since I don't compete in that way. I often even find these crappy affiliates using our content to sell their players on sites, then signing them up directly.


    Quote Originally Posted by Secresti View Post
    It saddens me every time a country bans online poker. What do they have against it?
    I wish I knew. I think it's mostly entrenched brick and mortar casinos using lobbying money to get bureaucrats to defend their monopolies. All this talk about saving children from gambling and whatnot is just part of the smokescreen.


 

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