Black days came, for the Australian online poker players, as on Tuesday the Australian Federal Parliament passed a law banning online poker. This happened after the Senate adopted the amendment to close the existing “loopholes”, moving from tightening laws relating to online gambling to direct removal of them.
Previously, in Australia, there have already been attempts to eliminate gambling on the Internet. In 2001, the Interactive Gambling Act was adopted, which tried to completely get rid of the industry by banning all sorts of azarntyh games (including poker, blackjack and roulette). In 2015, Australia has attempted to remove online gambling before, namely Review of Illegal Offshore Wagering, which aimed to regulate the industry more harshly, but as it usually happens in the law, many “loopholes” were found. So already in 2016, amendments were introduced to the law of the Interactive Gambling Act, which provide for a complete ban on gambling for residents of Australia.
Opponents of the law believe that such a ban will not do any good, since most players will go to the “shadow” in the search for private poker rooms. Not to mention the fact that the online gambling industry can bring hundreds of millions of dollars to the state treasury.