The future of Australian poker looks somewhat grim

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Australian poker players have been somewhat fortunate not to have a ban enforced on online poker, but things are very likely to change after the federal elections. Although the game is illegal over the Internet, the authorities did nothing to prevent people from playing poker online and there were no legal consequences for those who did. Joseph Hachem recently posted a tweet linking to an article written by Tim Napper who paints a grim picture of what the future might bring in the wake of these elections:


Australian political parties and prominent individuals are generally divided on many issues but unfortunately for online poker players, they are very likely to reach a consensus on this matter. Virtually all of the major parties are opposing the game and have no intention of legalising it, focusing mostly on the downside and alleged risks of poker. The former world champion expressed his frustration about this attitude and challenged the authorities to ban other forms of gambling instead:



Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party plan on cracking down on online poker if they win the election and they would seek support from their colleagues in the coalition. Things don’t look any better on the other side of the aisle, as Rudd is not a supporter of the game either, but at least poker players have the faint hope of maintaining the status quo:


Hachem is very upset about what is happening these days and fairly worried about the changes following the federal elections. Meanwhile, he has some good news for his followers and invites them to check out his NPL VIP club: