Australian 888Poker players were recently informed that they will be prohibited from playing on their site as of January 16.
”Following a business re-evaluation, we’d like to inform you that 888Poker’s services are not being offered to players residing in Australia and therefore your account will be closed as of 01/16/17.”
You can still withdraw funds from your bankroll at any time using our web cashier.
The exact reason for this departure has not been mentioned by 888Poker. Most people believe it is a result of the proposed amendment to the Interactive Gambling Act of 2001 which is likely to pass in Australia in the near future. The Interactive Gambling Act Bill 2016 orders that online gaming services offering their facilities to Australian residents procure local licenses or face exorbitant fines as steep as $5.05 million.
Additionally, individuals can also face hefty fines in the event that the bill is passed.
In light of this situation, several Australian 888Poker members have been vocal on poker forums and social media alike. 888Poker’s pull out from the Australian market has been met with many asking the poker community to petition legislators to veto the proposed bill amendment.
The world’s largest poker room PokerStars offered concerns regarding the upcoming bill. During an investor call in November, the company revealed that they would leave the Australian market if the bill were approved.
Apart from Australia, 888Poker will be withdrawing its services from Slovenia, following PokerStars exit over the previous summer.
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