- LeoVegas follows 888 Casino and 32Red out of Australia’s online casino market following online betting ban
- From September 10, 2017, LeoVegas will no longer offer its services to Australian punters
In August Australia officially passed the Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016. The revised legislature would make online casino games, including poker, illegal, which has prompted a number of operators – such as 32Red Casino and 888 Casino – to leave the market.
And now, LeoVegas Casino has reported that it, too, will be withdrawing from the Australian online gambling market from the middle
of this month.
The Sweden-based betting brand has reportedly told its partners that as of September 10, 2017, it will cease online gambling operations in Australia.
A changing market
The move is likely a response to recent legislative amendments that have taken place in Australia this year, and the decision means that the country’s players will no longer be able to use LeoVegas’ online casino services.
The operator has reportedly also told its associates that the revenue share created by users in Australia will stop being part of their monthly figures. Further to this, LeoVegas has allegedly recommended that Australian partners put an end to any activity aimed at Australian users.
As mentioned above, several online casino operators and web-based bookmakers have withdrawn from the Australian online gambling market, a process that began when the Australian Senate gave the revised laws the go ahead.
And with such a drastic change to the country’s online wagering laws, the market was hit hard. Players are already seeing their poker, gaming, and bingo options, among many others, being taken away.
There is concern among some in the industry that online bettors in Australia could seek to use potentially less trustworthy casino and betting services as a result, many of which are completely unregulated.
Among the other online casino operators to leave the market is Genesis Global Limited, which has reportedly told its associates that Australia was now deemed a “restricted territory,” and that their services would no longer be found in the country.
Others to have left are Vera&John (a Bingo operator), 888poker, 32Red (as aforementioned), partypoker, and PokerStars. Given that a key part of the Amendment Bill is the banning of online poker, many of those to have left Australia’s online market are poker operators.
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