Australian Laws Regulating Online Gambling

When you are going to start gambling at any online casino, one of the main things you should know is whether gambling is legal. This question often comes to players’ mind. Let’s deal with this now.

Legalities of Online Gambling in Australia

Online gambling in Australia is absolutely legal. So let’s find out what all the fuss is about. The thing is that in 2001 the Australian Government passed legislation prohibiting Australian Internet gambling sites from providing services to Australians. The Interactive Gambling Act prohibits three activities:

  • providing an interactive gambling service to customers in Australia
  • providing an Australian-based interactive gambling service to customers in designated countries
  • advertising interactive gambling services.

This means that Australian gambling operators are prohibited to offer citizens their services. The IGA aims to limit the harmful effects of gambling on the Australian community. It targets the providers of online gambling, not their potential or actual clients.

However, Aussies can do all they want with their money including gambling online. So, most forms of betting are allowed to people throughout the Land of Down Under.

Due to the fact that almost all kinds of traditional land-based gambling are legal in Australia, gambling is extremely popular in our country. Nobody in the world likes gambling as we do. We make bets on everything: blackjack, baccarat, roulette, craps, pokies, bingo, lotteries, sport events and even politics.

Online Casino Gambling

Since it’s illegal to offer gambling services in Australia, there are plenty of sites that run offshore. These sites have comprehensive suite of games to be played on download, instant play and mobile platforms. They welcome Aussie players and accept the Australian dollar, allowing players both deposit into their real money accounts and withdraw their winnings.

Online casinos offer almost the same games as brick and mortar establishments do. However, virtual venues have more variations of blackjack and roulette, including (but not limited to) European, Atlantic City, Vegas Strip, Double Attack, Double Exposure and live dealer blackjack, Super Fun 21 and Spanish 21, and roulette variants such as European, American and French roulette, Roulette Royale, and live dealer roulette.

Pokies

According to special laws the use of the pokies are a matter for State/Territory governments that must adhere to the national government guidelines. Pokies are legal, when casino operators have the trustworthy licenses and follow all regulations set by the State/Territory regulatory committees (i.e. minimum pokies payout requirement is 87%).

Online pokies are a big market. Thus Microgaming casinos offer over 350 pokies of all kinds from classic 3 reel, one payline games to 5 reel, 243 ways-to-win video slots. Playtech and NetBet online venues have somewhere 200 – 250 pokie machines.

Summing Up

Aussies can enjoy casino games for real absolutely legally. We can make deposits onto our casino accounts using AUD to play pokies, table games, craps and other games. You can enjoy gambling on you PC, browser or mobile device including Android, Apple, Windows, Blackberry, and even Symbian and WAP-based mobiles.

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