The government in Australia has implemented the Gambling Amendment Bill on Wednesday rendering online poker illegal in Australia. The Australian government has however confirmed that it is seriously considering potentially legalising online poker and introducing an overall licensing framework.
Senator David Leyonhjelm, chief online poker advocate in Australia, declared that he received a letter from Mitch Fifield, Communications Minister, who has advised his Department to examine the feasibility of online poker by Australian onshore providers.
The Interactive Gambling Amendment act was introduced to stop the unlicensed sports betting operators from indulging Australian customers, stating a requirement of Australian license to take Australian bets.
Unfortunately, the act led to the banning of online poker, and despite the unending efforts from Leyonhjelm and the Australian Online Poker Association to excuse online poker from the wrath of the legalisation went to vain.
Online poker operators, like PokerStars and 888 had to force to quit providing their services for Australian players.
Leyonhjelm, however, has decided not to give up and remains committed towards his endeavours to establish Australian regulatory body.