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Poker in Australia

Gambling has always been part of the Australian mentality. As a matter of fact, they are very proud about their reputation as a nation of people that will bet on “two flies on the wall.” Statistics have shown that 90% of the Australian population gamble, for a total of AUS $20 billion a year. As such, a casino can always be found in most of the cities and regions of Australia.

However, because of this statistic, there have also been issues that have affected gambling, especially online gaming, due to the problem of gambling addiction.

Australia does not enjoy quite the same reputation as Macau and Las Vegas. Instead, Australia, as a country keenly enthusiastic about poker, developed prestige in being one of the best poker destinations in the world. This fact is reflected in the number of poker tables in Australian casinos. Apart from this, one of the biggest poker events in the world happens in the country Down Under – The Aussie Millions. It is said that the 2005 WSOP Main Event victory of Australian Joe Hachem has been pivotal in the growth of poker in Australia. Be that as it may, Australia is definitely top of mind when players think of poker.


 

Online Poker: Prohibited

  Live Poker: Legal in Casinos

  Casinos with Poker:

Adelaide Casino, Cairns Reef Hotel Casino, Crown MelbourneCrown PerthPenrith Panthers ClubPoker Palace SydneyRounders Elite Poker ClubStar Sydney, The Ville Resort & CasinoTreasury Brisbane Casino, Wrest Point Hotel


– Casinos & Poker Rooms in Australia –


adelaidecasino

Located in the heritage listed Adelaide Railway Station, Adelaide Casino also has the Poker Zone, which is regarded as one of the premier poker rooms in Australia. Read More …


Cairns Reef Hotel Casino

Located by the pier of Cairns and its night market, in the Great Barrier Reef region, Cairns Reef Hotel Casino offers a variety of table games, among which is Texas Hold’Em PokerRead More …


Country Club Casino Launceston

Located in the northern Tasmanian city of Launceston, the Country Club Launceston was the second casino to open on the Island in 1982, and the third one in Australia. Read More …


crownmelbourne

Probably the most famous and the largest casino in Australia. The Crown Melbourne Poker Room occupies an enormous space in the casino basement with over 50 poker tables to play in. Read More …


crownperthcasino

The Crown Perth Casino is open 24/7 and has a poker room with 12 tables offering cash games, weekly tournaments and major tournaments like the 2016 Western Classic Poker Championship. Read More …


Lasseters Hotel Casino

Located in the central Australian city of Alice Springs by the Todd River, Lasseters Hotel Casino has a variety of gaming tables and 330 gaming machines, plus a VIP room. Read More …


penrithpanthersclub

Penrith Panthers Club have poker machine and hold 2 Poker Tournaments every Tuesday & Sunday.  To be able to avail of these activities, one has to become a member of the Club. Read More …


pokerpalacesydney

Located right outside The Star Sydney Casino, The Poker Palace Sydney claims to be the first to offer high buy-in games as well as poker variations like HOP, OMAHA, HOPS, Shot Clock, Mix Max and Six Max events and Hyper Spin Sit and Go’s in the country. Read More …


rounderselitepokerclub

Rounders Elite Poker Club is an exclusive Member’s Only Poker Club located in the main street of Five Dock in New South Wales Australia. Membership to the club is linked to the restaurant Club Five Dock RSL and is worth only $5 a year. Read More …


starsydney

The Star Sydney Casino is the second largest casino in Australia. The main gaming floor of The Star has a dedicated poker area which offers cash games and tournaments. Read More …


The Ville Resort & Casino

The Ville Resort & Casino is located in Townsville, on the Coral Sea and the Pacific Oceans.  There, you’ll be able to play Texas Hold’Em Poker, Three card Poker and Caribbean Stud Poker while enjoying a view on Magnetic Island. Read More …


Treasury Brisbane

Opened in 1995, the Treasury Brisbane Casino is set in a magnificent and vastly restored building by the Brisbane river. There, you can play Texas Hold’Em Poker, Texas Hold’Em Bonus Poker, Three Card Poker, Mississipi and Caribbean Stud Poker. Read More …


Wrest Point Hotel Casino

Wrest Point Hotel is the first Australian Casino, having opened more than 40 years ago. It has numerous tables and electronic tables, as well as your expected Texas Hold’Em games and VIP room. Read More …


– Playing Live Poker in Australia –


   Live Poker Legislation in Australia

In Australia, each state has its own set of laws that pertain to gambling, but it’s legal everywhere to gamble. As such, nothing restricts the playing of live poker, and many popular tournaments take place each year.

However, because of the intrinsic popularity of gaming in the country, legislation has been very watchful of problems caused by gambling. There are said to be between 80,000 to 160,000 Australian gambling addicts, costing about $4.7 billion annually to society. As such, regulations have been established to control the gambling situation. Although these laws have never been directed at the players and how they spend their money, the Australian government has stipulated rules on the operators as to how they promote their games.

  Live Poker Venues in Australia

Australia has a total of around 130 poker tables spread across 20+ poker rooms. Also, poker machines are extremely popular in Australia, with 180,000 units: that’s five times more than the US!

There are numerous cities around the fringes of the country, but if you are seeking a top location to play poker, Melbourne is a great destination. Other locations with casinos include Darwin, Queensland, Brisbane, Sydney, and Adelaide. Live poker is not restricted, and is open to natives as well as tourists.

Australia is home to some of the biggest poker tournaments there are, such as the Aussie Millions, the ANZPT, and of course, WSOP, WPT, APT and APPT stops.


– Playing Online Poker in Australia –


  Online Poker Legislation in Australia

In 2016, it was proposed that the Interactive Gambling Act of 2001 (IGA) be amended to contain more enforcement against offshore gambling based on the Review of Illegal Offshore Wagering made by Hon. Barry O’Farrell.  The Interactive Gambling Act of 2016 was passed in 2017, and although the focus of the act was to primarily curtail illegal sports betting, the wording of the amendment inadvertently affected and included offshore online poker sites.

As such, even before the bill was passed, 888Poker, one of the biggest online players in the Australian market, pulled out.  They were followed by the withdrawal of PokerStars and PartyPoker from the Australian market. The majority of the largest and most trusted operators have been leaving Australia, fearing fines in excess of AUS $1 million. However other poker sites continue to serve Aussies, like Intertops, and Ignition Casino.

Based on the wording of the IGA, however, Australia is now considering licensing poker platforms as onshore poker operators to allow them to do business and to continue providing service to the poker community in the country. In that spirit, the communications Minister, Mitch Fifield, announced that the government is “disposed in a favorable manner to the proper idea of quickly licensing online poker.”  Liberal Democrat, Senator David Leyonhjelm, also declared “Australian online poker players deserve to have a safe, regulated environment in which to enjoy their pastime and not be forced into using offshore sites.

Poker winnings are not subject to taxes in Australia.

  Recommended Online Poker Websites



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