Is poker making a resurgence in Australia?

July 29, 2019 by Posted in Articles
Online Poker Australia

It’s been a quiet few years for poker in Australia. Online poker was banned under the Interactive Gambling Amendment Act after being innocently bundled in with devilish online casinos and live sports betting. The once hugely-successful APPT and ever-popular ANZPT tours were pulled since PokerStars no longer had a presence in the country. And players were seemingly left in the cold with nowhere to turn to get their poker fix.

Players were left to resort to live casinos or take their chances on underground Asian online poker apps where collusion is rife and the risk of being exploited is real.

For pros who derived their income from the game, they were left in a pickle. They either had to relocate overseas to New Zealand or somewhere tropical in Asia, or get a real job. Eeek!

Some chose the land of the long white cloud where online poker is still legal, as are most online gambling activities. And while there’s nothing wrong with New Zealand, it would be nice if we could play the great game of poker on our home shores.

However it now seems that there may be a very small light at the end of the tunnel. In a recent post on major poker forum Two Plus Two, Australian Online Poker Players Alliance founder Joey Del Duca posted an update on recent developments. Joey let the community know that the conditions in the Australian Government were favourable to potentially listen to legislation that has been drafted to allow online poker to operate legally once again in the country. Joey is planning to meet with the new Communications Minister in the coming months where this will be discussed, hopefully with a positive outcome.

We’re also starting to see some positive signs in the live poker scene. After successful events in Auckland over the last few years, the World Poker Tour is now coming to Australia for the first time ever, with excitement building for the event on the Gold Coast in late September. The WSOP has just seen the second-largest Main Event in history, and traditionally, Australia follows world trends, so we can expect to see a big field for the Aussie Millions in January 2020.

Leading sports betting operator BetEasy is also in a unique position, with majority ownership by The Stars Group who also own and operate PokerStars internationally. If a change in legislation occurs, they are in prime position to strike.

The next 12 months could be an exciting time as we see a resurgence of poker in Australia. Perhaps the day will come where poker pros don’t have to relocate to New Zealand to grind their favourite poker site. We’ll have online poker back, a plethora of live poker events to play in, and a flourishing poker community once again!

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