A $10,000 fine handed down a few days back to former WSOP APAC event winner and Australian citizen Luke Brabin, owner and operator of Poker Asia Pacific as running an Aussie-facing site from within the confines of Australia is illegal under the country’s gambling law.
Brabin, who won a bracelet in an AUD $1,100 APAC prelim for $118,229 purchased the pre-existing Poker Asia Pacific news portal back in 2015, a PokerNews spinoff in Australia, and it remains unknown exactly when they got the idea to add a real-money poker site.
If Brabin added live poker into the site or bought PAP with it already included, it was still a bad idea, as they could only provide online poker to players in other countries as per the Australian Gambling Laws.
Brabin and PAP anyhow tried to go against the law and did it, quite openly it seems, offering online satellite qualifiers to several different land-based Aussie events.
Last August, Poker Asia Pacific officially came under the eye of Australian regulators, who forced the real-money poker games offline.