Online Poker and Live Sports Betting Now Banned in Australia, as New Reforms Claim Match Fixing Problematic
Loopholes concerning the ban of online poker and sports betting in Australia has caused the Federal Parliament to shut-down the activities outlawing or banning any online participation for both gambling sectors. The reason for the immediate ban is due to new gambling laws being pass by the Senate on Tuesday.
After the Review of Illegal Offshore Wagering in 2015 the Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016 came about. Recommendations from the 2016 bill is to tighten up the laws concerning online gambling. This is where the 2001 Interactive Gambling Act comes into play. Since this particular bill had already implemented banning on all online gambling activities including roulette, blackjack and poker, it is what was able to close the loopholes for the said activities.
Liberal Democrats Senator David Leyonhjelm told reporters that the whole thing is “stupid”! He said “If you want to play poker, there are lots of opportunities in Australia, at casinos and tournaments. It’s not as if there isn’t a great deal of poker playing already, but they’re just stopping it online. The whole world is online now.”
Leyonhjelm claims the changes made are ineffective and unnecessary, in the video below he shares his views on the latest gambling reforms.