“As Disappointing as a Vegemite Sandwich”
Have you ever eaten Vegemite? I have – it sucks. And it sucks almost as bad as watching another jurisdiction being banned by self-appointed moralists who are on a crusade to protect people from themselves. Australia tossed its players to the wind in March; the Australian Senate shut the Aussie players off.
According to the Australian government’s Department of Social Security website, the government wants to “protect Australians from these illegal offshore wagering operators which don’t provide the legal and consumer protections Australian licensed sites do.” Really? The EU is now offshore? I guess so is the UK since it’s an island. Funny how the Australian government considers the UK to be an “offshore” entity when they have the Queen on the AUD. But we need to protect the player…
Yeah, right. In other words, if you can’t tax it – ban it. This has nothing to do with protecting players – as the past two decades of jurisdictional bannings and limitations have proven – or any type of prohibition – it’s all about who can and who can’t get a piece of the pie.
If a government can’t figure out how to regulate something – they figure that prohibiting it is the easy way out.
The thing is – gambling is based on behavior, and you can’t ban a certain behavior – no matter how much you wish you can, it doesn’t work.
So now we have millions of Australian punters having no where to turn but to the black market which thrives off of banned jurisdictions. And for now – there is nothing positive on the horizon for our cousins “down unda”.
Biggest Disappointment Historical Awards
Biggest Disappointment Award of 2016 – Curaçao License – White Label Runners
Biggest Disappointment Award of 2015 – Bad Attitudes and White Labels
Biggest Disappointment of 2014 – US Market
Biggest Disappointment of 2013 – US Corporate Arrogance and Naivety
Biggest Disappointment of 2012 – Betfair/888.com
Biggest Disappointment of 2011 – Betfair/GRA
Biggest Disappointment of 2010 – HR 2267, US Market, Rival Gaming, Top Gaming
Biggest Disappointment of 2009 – Microgaming, CAP Spring Break, Rushmore Group
Biggest Disappointment of 2008 – Malta’s LGA, White Label Casino Operators, Microgaming
Biggest Disappointment of 2007 – Watching US players being thrown to the wolves
Biggest Disappointment of 2006 – Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act
Biggest Disappointment of 2005 – “Abused” Casino Operators (again)
Biggest Disappointment of 2004 – “Abused” Casino Operators
Biggest Disappointment of 2003 – Truegambler’s Cheating Software report/Oddson Software