re: Poker & Sheldon Adelson's comments used as excuse for ban on mobile apps in Australia
Michael: for the most part I agree about this being about money but in the case of Di Natale and the Greens, it really is a moral/philosophical objection to gambling. Plus our economy isn't in such bad shape that it really needs extra revenue from online poker. So they can afford to be preachy about it :P
Originally Posted by Zorba
I've never heard of it being enforced, do you know of anyone, it is such an ignored law here that I only found out about it when I made an account at Carbon then they sent me an e-mail stating that I couldn't play there according to Australian law, and they attached the law for me to read.
N'yeah, that's the thing - I'm not a lawyer, but when I read it I saw provisions that prohibited companies from providing online poker services to us, but nothing that prohibited players from using them. And since the vast majority of poker sites
don't operate from within Australia's jurisdiction, we went for about 10 years without there being any action taken.
Carbon was the special case because they <i>did</i> have operations here. Ironically I think it was absolutely fine and legal for them to operate here and offer their services to people overseas, just not Australians.
This law is also why sites that offer a range of gaming (including online poker) overseas don't offer it here - Betfair
is the first one that comes to mind. They want to operate here for all the juicy legal sports betting, so they just drop poker for Australian customers.