The federal parliament in Australia passed the Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016 on 20 March which will limit certain internet gambling activities in Australia.

Two specific areas that the amendment seeks to curtail are internet poker and the loopholes concerning in-play betting and “click to call” services being offered by bookmakers. There will also be a ban on advertising services which are prohibited.

But Liberal Democrats senator David Leyonhjelm was opposed to the amendment bill. He stated: 

“It’s stupid. If you want to play poker, there are lots of opportunities in Australia, at casinos and tournaments. It’s not as if there isn’t a great deal of poker playing already, but they’re just stopping it online. The whole world is online now.”

“The ban on in-play betting is meant to stop corruption of sport. If that happens now, we may never know.” 

Source: The Huffington Post Australia

Even prior to the passing of the bill some operators notified players of their intention to leave the Australian market. 888poker was one such firm and PokerStars also stated in an investor call in 2016 that it would likely block Australian players if the amendment bill was passed.