Delay for Australia’s New Federal Gambling Bill

A temporary reprieve for poker fans

Despite being approved by the Australian Senate on March 21, the Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016 looks like it may not become law until June or July of this year.

As there were amendments added, the bill needed to be re-approved by the House of Representatives. But time ran out last Friday when the latest session ended before the House was able to get to the bill.

With the next session not starting until May 9, and a budget and other priority bills in the queue, it looks like the Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016 will be held up for the next two or three months.

Poker fans will be pleased to get one more chance to compete in PokerStars’ SCOOP (Spring Championship of Online Poker).

PokerStars had previously sent an email to all its customers informing them that the company would be leaving the Australian market once the Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016 had passed.