Australia – the big continent/country “down under,” famous for surfing, koala bears and kangaroos – has legalized gambling and a few dozen land-based casinos. Ironically, online gambling is not legal in Australia, which means that Aussies living in Australia are theoretically not allowed to gambling over the Internet. In other words, a French gambler who is physically located in Australia cannot gamble online, but an Australian citizen residing or vacationing outside of Australia is welcome to play blackjack or poker on the Internet. Somewhat paradoxically, online sports betting is legal in Australia, though advertising online gambling is frowned upon and the laws are pretty strictly enforced.
Interestingly enough, a decade ago, Australia fully intended to be the online gambling center of cyberspace and for a while it was really gunning for the lead position. But the government cracked down – on online casino operators – at the beginning of this century and put the brakes on Australian online casino gambling. There is one major Australian online casino operating on the Internet – Lasseters – but they’re not really allowed to let Aussie residents play on their site. It’s all a little frustrating – but being down under does not mean being down and out. [Read more…]