The Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016 last month came into law in Australia. The law prompted numerous online gambling sites to leave the Australian market. Just like 888 Casino and 32Red, Leo Vegas has also decided to leave online gambling Australia.
Leo Vegas has announced that they will no longer offer their online gambling services to Aussie player. This will be done on the 10th of September, 2017. Additionally, the company will also restrain from providing services in Australia. This is after Leo Vegas communicated with their partners who recommended that they do so.
What the Bill Means for Leo Vegas and Others
The act of playing online casino game poker is being illegalised by the bill. This means any off-shore website will refrain from allowing any Aussie players from playing poker on their sites.
This change, which is drastic, has left Australian gamblers in a daze. This means that their favourite casino games will not be available to them. In the coming days, more offshore casino operators might end up leaving the market because there are penalties involved. Online gamblers might end up settling for untrustworthy sites. This is because they will not have any access to safe, regulated platforms to play their favourite online casino games.
There are other gambling operators that have left Australia because of this bill. Vera&John were the first company to leave late last year when discussions about the bill were introduced. Other service providers such as PokerStars and Partypoker also followed suit. Genesis Global Limited also advised their associates in Australia to leave the country’s online gambling market. Australia has been tagged as “restricted territory” by the company.
The Australian government has given online gambling providers 30 days, up to the end of August. This is to allow them to finish their business before the bill takes full effect. As a result, September will see many brands leaving the Australian gambling market.