The bill will close in-play betting and online poker loopholes that will tighten the federal government’s laws on internet betting. The new rules in place have drawn criticism from some, who claim that punters will find a way to continue playing the games they want to.
Speaking in opposition to the bill Senator David Leyonhjelm said, “The original 2001 law was meant to stop online gambling of many kinds, but it didn’t, there was a loophole. There is quite an active online poker community in Australia. I don’t think it [the amended legislation] will succeed for those really determined. If you have a [virtual private network] or offshore account, you will still play. It’s a stupid situation to be in.”
The tightening of Australia’s betting laws have seen several larger and more reputable sites pulling out of the market, leading to smaller groups filling the cracks. While these sites aren’t all necessarily bad, they certainly aren’t as stable and have a higher chance of going rogue or implementing predatory terms and conditions on players.
While things seem bleak, the bill is not law yet, and Casino Listings will be keeping an eye on the story in order to provide updates as they occur.