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Online Gambling laws in Australia players need to know

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The Australian gamblers has an easy task. Find the site the appeals to them to most, register and play. The online casino Australia offering is wide, and the Australian gamblers has possibilities and options. There are no big restrictions to placing bets online, hence the biggest task that the gamblers have is just to find a safe place where to enjoy the Australian currency, and potentially Australian e-wallets.

When it comes to operators, it is a whole new ball game. In 2001 Australia passed the Interactive Gambling act and this defines all the legal and compliance requirements that operators would need to pass in order to be able to fully operate. One of the major hits in this law is prohibiting operators to offer the major gambling to the Australian punter. The only gambling that can be enjoyed with ease is sports betting and racing, with bets needing to be placed prior to the commencement of the game or match. In fact, some of the biggest gambling companies in Australia offer solely sports betting.

There are some other restrictions that the IGA imposes, let’s delve into some major ones, laws and regulations that we should know.

Can Australians gamble at offshores gambling sites?

The IGA clearly states that a site cannot accept any gamblers that reside in Australia, yet the legislation is quite shaky. It is a know fact that many sites do accept the Australian punter into their site, and whilst the Australian government pledges to tackle these matters, little to no action can be taken. Think about it, the same happens in the USA, where gambling is still illegal, yet everyone knows that it still takes place. Yet the US government has went to great length to prohibit gambling. The UIGEA which is a USA entity trusted to govern gambling laws, has imposed a law that focuses mostly on the banking industry. The law states that banking financial institutions cannot allow any transactions to happen. This is something that also is being implemented in the UK. Unfortunately, this does cause an issue for gamblers who would like to fund their players accounts. To date the Australian government has not imposed such laws and restrictions, but who knows what the future holds? And as we write and bring you this article, Australians can still use their banking channels to fund their gambling activity, also at offshore gambling sites.

In-Game Betting is not allowed either

We normally would place a bet prior to the event starting, however there are some online casinos Australia that allow in-game bets to take place. Let’s say a basketball match has already commenced, but whilst you are watching the match at home, you would want to say place a bet on who will score next. Well, this is not allowed by the IGA, and bets would need to be placed prior to the commencement of the match or sporting event you are betting on.

Having said that the IGA has limited way of controlling bets that are done in offshore websites and other online casinos. So, the gambler can still enjoy some in play bets to happen, and even other betting to take place.

The cliché in all of this lies in the fact that online casinos Australia, have the possibility to offer gambling to non – Australian players, players that are located in various locations worldwide. Other countries also acknowledge that gambling is still a grey area in Australia, hence prohibit players from using their sites. What we hope for the future is simple, we hope that Online Casinos in Australia would be allowed to operate freely, in a regulated and legal fashion. In Europe gambling is huge, and both operators and bookies follow the rules of the game. Let’s hope that Australians find a safe place where to vet freely and have a jolly good time!

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