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Australia Online Gambling

Casinos have, for a long time, been a great place for people to go and play their favorite real money games like poker, slots, and a plethora of others. With the advance of the internet, online casinos have become increasingly popular amongst people of all walks of life. Few countries or regions of the world are in love with online gambling more than Australians. Australia is a large country and though its population is concentrated in only a small part of it, going to brick and mortar casinos is just as difficult for Australians as it is for people who live in any other part of the world.

It’s not only online “pokies” (slot machines) that are popular down under, let’s have a look at some of the best sites for Australians, and what do the Australians bet on?

Update Aug 2013: To read an interesting study on internet gambling “down under”, check out this study by Sally M. Gainsbury among others.

Australian GamblingJust as online casinos took Europe and the USA by storm, it did the same in Australia. Nowadays you will often cross paths with Australians while online gambling. Though there is some legal legislation seemingly working to make playing poker more difficult for the average Australian, they still have more online casino freedoms than people in the United States. One of the most popular games that Australians play online is poker, in all of its various forms. Perhaps the most popular type of poker loved by Australians is Texas Hold’em. This American game is now popular around the world and with nearly every casino offering a healthy helping of different stake levels, it has never been easier to play a hand, or a few hundred.

Legal Status in Australia

Many people both living in Australia and elsewhere are under the impression that playing at online casinos is illegal in the country. This scenario is not too unlike the situation going on in the United States, though people in Australia tend to blow this thought out of proportion. Because of the Interactive Gambling Act of 2001, many are under the impression that even sitting down at your computer and playing a few hands is illegal.

The reality, however, is that online gaming at online casinos in Australia is completely legal. What is illegal is owning an online gambling site or operating it in the country of Australia. So long as the game is owned and operated by a group or organization that isn’t in Australia, playing at that site is legal.

With that being said, the online gambling regulatory commission in Australia is going through a period of change and people are unsure about how the future is going to pan out for online casinos in Australia. Legal regulation is being talked about and discussed amongst the governing bodies of Australia and only time will tell if the state of online casinos in the country will change anytime soon.

Games Available

Like we touched on earlier, one of the most popular online casino games for Australians is Texas Hold’em Poker. This American game was first popularized in the United States but over history has taken the rest of the world by storm. Unlike a lot of other games you can play at online casinos, Texas Hold’em requires skill that cannot just be learned over night.

Australians who choose to gamble online can take solace in the fact that Texas Hold’em is offered at a variety of different stake levels from micro to high. This means that you do not have to be a professional player to play Texas Hold’em online.

Another game Australians love is online Roulette for real money. While more than just Aussies love this game, it is offered on nearly every online casino offered to Australians. Unlike poker, which requires a good bit of skill, online Roulette is a game of complete chance. This means that you can feel comfortable wagering a large amount of money your first go around because you have just as good of a chance of winning as someone who has played the game their entire life. Personally, I like roulette because it gives you the opportunity to win amounts of money that few other games can give you.

Online slots (called “Pokies” usually) are also popular amongst Australians though these types of game are popular with people from just about every corner of the globe. Like poker, pokies can come in a variety of different stake levels so you can wager as much or as little as you would like. Unlike Roulette, however, is the fact that not all slots give you a great chance of winning money. In fact, some slots pay out a lot while others rarely every pay out.

Deposit Methods

Play Casino in AUDWhile the high rollers in Australia usually use bank wire transfers to deposit into the casino account (mostly via Commonwealth Bank, Westpac, ANZ, NAB etc), most of the other Australian gamblers use the standard options such as e-wallets (Neteller, Skrill), credit- and debit cards (Visa, Mastercard) and also prepaid cards.

There is also another common payment method called POLi (from Pay Online), where you simply use your banks online interface to deposit straight to your casino account. This can surely be worth a try. One casino that accept this method is Platinum Play Casino.

Best Gambling Sites for Australians

Now that we have discussed the games available for Australians to play, it is now time to talk about where they can play them. If you want to play slot games/online pokies, SpinPalace is by far the best place to go. As the name suggests, they specialize in slot games (Microgaming) and offer a variety of different ones for you to enjoy. They are also huge when it comes to mobile online gambling and offers a large variety of games for iPad/phones (also in AUD).

Whether you want to play high stakes, low stakes, or anything in between, SlotPalace has you covered. They also focus on game play in Australian Dollars and the most common deposit methods used by Australians, so that is a huge reason to play here.

CasinoEuro is another place where Australians can find an awesome online gambling experience. CasinoEuro is great because it is your one-stop shop for every type of online casino game. There is no shortage of games or players which means that no matter what game you want to play you can, and at any time of day too. The pokies from Net Entertainment has yet to hit big in Aussie land but we believe it won’t be much longer.

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