The US online poker industry is in deep trouble as the US federal government is cracking down upon on online poker rooms and putting US online poker players in despair. On the other hand, things are getting better for online poker in Australia.
Andrew Twaits, one of the largest online sports betting operators in Australia, has decided to exert pressure on the Australian government to regulate the Australian online poker industry. If the government regulates online poker in Australia, the huge online poker community in Australia can play in a safe, protected, and regulated online poker industry. Besides, online poker operators licensed in Australia will be protected from legal problems of the type faced by online poker sites such as PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker. Many Australian poker players are of the opinion that Australia should learn from the US and make proper online poker laws to protect its online poker players and to prevent the industry from collapsing.
Speaking on the issue, Twaits said, “While it is pleasing to see both the federal and state governments taking the integrity of betting in sports seriously and on a united front, the present legislation is clearly not working when it comes to online poker.”
Twaits is also of the opinion that the Australian government must control its online poker industry in a better manner. He said, “Online sports betting in this country turns over $300 million a year, is highly regulated, and we pay our taxes, while operators of online poker sites are not, many of which are controlled and run offshore. That’s the real challenge facing not just the federal and state governments of this country, but governments across the globe.”
Besides, Twaits is working with top Australian sportsbooks Sportsbet, Centrebet, and Sportingbet to eliminate match fixing and protect the sports betting industry.
Twaits feels that the Australian online poker industry has the potential to boost the country’s revenue in a big way. He said, “It is estimated that the turnover in this and other forms of illegal betting is $125 billion worldwide. That’s why as an industry we welcome any tightening of the present legislation in this country of the Victorian Integrated Gambling Act. The sooner the rest of the states and territories fall into line the better it will be for everyone.”
Meanwhile, US online poker players hope that the US federal government soon follows in the footsteps of the Australian government.