Bad news for Australian players who love online gambling. Senators in Australia have agreed to a iGaming ban, the approval of the Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016. The bill amends the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 and it will online casino and online poker illegal in the country.
The new law is set to go into effect within 30 days. That being said, according to the local press, a planned blocking of the ISP’s of non-licensed operators targeting Australian players will not be taking place in the near future.
The bill quickly passed by the upper house of the Australian Parliament, just a week after the Participation of Australians in the Online Poker hearing held by the Senate Environment and Communications references Committee. The hearing invited testimony from local online poker players and other interested parties. The hearing prompted these persons to give their views on the question of whether online poker should be banned or excluded from the iGaming ban.
Some, like Senator David Leyonhjelm, have argued that online poker should not be classified in the same way as casino games, because poker is a game of skill. The senator, who has long been the main advocate for the preservation of the legalization of online poker, is pushing for the development of a regulated online market consists of the correct taxes and monitoring instead of a widespread ban on these services.
Leyonhjelm has not yet had any success and many companies are not interested in sticking around. 888poker, PokerStars and Gaming Innovation all fled Australia online poker market prior to the passing of the bill. Now, with an impending iGaming ban, more operators are sure to follow, and no longer accept players from Australia.
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It is very funny, and you could almost say that the stereotype of Australians! The rest of the world knows them as poker or slot machines. In fact, we are the only country (except maybe New Zealand) to call them pokies, and if you referred to them as gambling in a different country, they would have no idea what you are on about. It is much the same as “barbie” is short for the barbecue. Poker is an abbreviation of poker!
What is the difference between online poker and the local pub slots?
Interestingly enough, there is quite a difference between the two. Let’s first talk about the welcome bonuses. When you sign up for the play of poker online, most sites (those that appear on our site!) give a welcome bonus of some kind to the player. It is usually extra money based on how much the player the first deposit. No local casino or pub do such a thing, because you can not easily monitor and track such as you can online.
The games are significantly different. In the offline world, the same games are on the floors of the Australian poker rooms for more than 10 years. How many times can someone play Indian Dreams without getting bored?! With online gambling, there is a much wider range of games to play. Not only is there more than 200 on a site, they are also built on a different technology that offer microgaming facilities. This means that, in fact, in the game of poker, there is a mini-games that you can play and that also give money, free spins and jackpot bonuses. There are a couple of this kind of games, sneak into casinos, but hardly worth mentioning, and they are usually more expensive to play.
When playing poker on the internet, you also get access to some really cool comic-and movie-inspired games that are not available offline. For example, Batman Dark Knight, Iron Man and the Lord Of The Rings all have their own poker games that are co-signed and co-developed along side of the movie companies. The quality of these games are truly beautiful and a pleasure to play from the comfort of your own home. If you are a fan of these movies, then you will enjoy playing the casino versions!
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