In any game or sport that brings in some revenue to an individual, the government is seen as the regulatory intermediate and it benefits by taxing the business. If any business is carried on by an individual without the knowledge of the government, it is deemed illegal because the government isn’t able to tax or benefit. This is exactly what has been happening in Australia.
PokerStars, the largest online casino, has been running a variety of poker games online freely. The run this business through their online applications which are available on the Apple store. The Apple store acts as the host to millions of applications which are for sales at very affordable prices. anyone with a gadget that can access the Apple store can download and hence play poker. This is seen as a big slap on the face for poker players who are located down under in Aussie. Poker is not just an addictive game, it is also a money earner and a pastime activity for many people.
The involved companies too (PokerStars and 888) are deemed to lose a big deal. In Australia alone there are millions of Poker addicts, and these two being the largest online Poker hosts, many players will no doubt be left confused.
Though internet gambling is illegal in Australia (since 2001), lotteries and other forms of betting are legal. As an alternative, most poker players will either engage in this or play poker on other lesser common platforms. This move was expected by some major industry experts, but still it came as a surprise for the government to crackdown on such major companies. Although it is technically hard to impose the ban on There will no doubt be a lot of outcry and protests due to this poker ban.