PokerStars Slate to Officially Leave the Australian Market in September After New Bill Passes in Senate
There have been talk, speculation and rumors about the new laws in Australia and poker operators pulling out of the market. The newest or latest confirmation comes from PokerStars. The newly rebranded The Stars Group announced the major pull out letting all of its players and customers know via email their decision to leave the Aussie market.
In the email PokerStars said,
“We’ve been aware of this day coming. We’re proud to have seen the Australian poker community grow so strong over the last decade. We do respect the Australian Government’s decision in taking steps to protect consumers and hope that in time we’ll be able to serve real-money poker to you again.”
Although, they didn’t have a set date in mid-September when supposed action will be taken due to the country’s new bill that was passed by the Senate regarding massive changes to the national gambling regulations banning all online poker and in-play sports betting services to anyone in Australia.
PokerStars is just one of many operators to leave the market, 32Red and 888 are amongst several others to opt out of the new regulations with more to follow.