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. As such, a casino can always be found in most of the cities and regions of Australia.
Despite this, Australia does not enjoy quite the same reputation as Macau and Las Vegas. Instead, Australia, being 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.
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.
Because of the intrinsic popularity of gaming in the country, legislation has been very watchful of problems caused by gambling. 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.
Online gambling is a different matter altogether. Essentially, online gambling operators are banned from offering their services to Australian nationals. The Interactive Gambling Act of 2001 (IGA) states that it is an offense for operators to advertise or offer real money gambling services to Australians. But the act only specifies online operators based in Australia. Because of it, most Australians have enjoyed playing online games, including online poker, from offshore companies. Although this is still considered illegal, enforcement has not been strict.
This was true until the beginning of 2016, where the IGA was reviewed and recommendations for tighter controls on illegal offshore wagering would be implemented.
The country still awaits the consequences of the revisions of IGA and how this will affect online players as well as online poker operators.
Capital : Canberra
Languages : English
Population : 23 million
Currency : Australian dollar
Calling code : +61
- Internet access is easy and signal strengths are as good as anywhere else in the developed world.
- The Interactive Gambling Act of 2001 (IGA) states that it is an offense for operators to advertise or offer real money gambling services to Australians.
- No online poker rooms that are enforcedly blocked
- No laws in Australia which restrict the playing of live poker
- Many popular tournaments taking place each year