Gambling online is very popular nowadays. It is very convenient and comfortable to play casino games staying at home. Of course, online casinos not always have been popular, moreover these casinos exist less, than common land casinos. But the history of online gambling is very interesting, so the development of pokies games. In Australia online casino games have very special status, which should be know by all the Australian gamblers.
The Internet gambling started in 1995, when most of the gambling web-sites were placed in places like Caribbean, but Australia also might become the biggest online gambling jurisdictions in the world. Everybody wanted to play online pokies.
Interactive Gambling Act of 2000 was introduced by the Australian Government and it had changed Australian Laws of the online gambling, it restricted the Australian gaming sites to accept money from Australians. However, this act had only been kept active for one year. In 2001 a new variant of this act appeared - a famous Interactive Gambling Act which is still in operation even today. Below you will find the basic rules of it that you should remember every time you play.
IGA prohibits the following gambling services:
Perhaps, a ban on the interactive gambling advertising had the biggest impacts on the casino games. Up to the year 2000, promos and ads for the popular online casinos were common at the most famous Australian portals. Recently the sports companies had won the rights to advertise or promote their products however, they cannot promote or provide poker and casino to the Australian players.
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So the question is whether the Australian players can gamble online or not? The pokies online sites do mention that the IGA doesn't override the other regions laws. In Australia you won't find games offered by Aristocrat online. If you want to gamble Queen of Nile on the Internet you are not lucky. There are online IGT games, however Australians cannot play since the casinos have restricted them.
In USA each state has its own rules and regulations concerning gambling games and online casinos, that is why it is hard to explain whether online gambling legal in the US or not. Also, as online pokie games are pure games of chance there would be further complications and rules about the legal status of them as well. The best thing to do is to just check your local laws before you sign up for any online casino to play pokie online.
If we take a deeper look into the history of Australian gambling and the pokies in particular, over 50 years the gambling games were banned also. In 1956 the government finally understood that they can make lots of money if they legalize and regulate gambling activity. In the next 50 years, the same things happen with the online pokie games too but till then the pokie players had to gamble in offshore online casinos, clubs, pubs or casinos. But still, if you are or not an Australian, you should know the basics of the game.