PokerStars to be Affected by Australian Gambling Amendments
Amaya has released a statement indicating they will continue to operate their PokerStars brand in Australia until the full implementation of the new laws of the Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill (IGAB) 2016.
The IGAB 2016 passed the Senate on its third reading on March 21, with a vote against exempting online poker. The Bill will now move to a vote in the House of Representatives and it is expected that the lower house will vote in favour of the bill, with it becoming law within the next few months.
The Bill will prevent overseas operators from offering services to Australians customers. There was a move to exempt online poker and online blackjack, games of skill, from the amendments, but this was not successful.
888 already exited the Australian market last year in anticipation of these new laws and PokerStars said around the same time that they would follow suit if the bill passed. Amaya has now announced that while they will withdraw from the Australian market, they will remain until the laws are implemented.
“Amaya continuously monitors the regulatory environments of the countries in which it operates, and where a regulatory model exists always seeks to comply with it,” Amaya’s Vice President of Corporate Communications, Eric Hollreiser, said in a statement.
“While Amaya currently offers poker to Australian customers through PokerStars under its Isle of Man global gaming license, if proposed legislation passes into law, players located in Australia would likely be blocked from playing on our sites.”
“We have serviced the Australian poker community for many years, and although it will come as scant consolation for some real money players living there, should the bill pass we will continue to offer free to play products within the jurisdiction. We remain dedicated to growing the game of poker.”
April 16, 2017