Australian and US police to crack down on illegal online poker

    • justkyle88
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      Here's some nasty information:

      EEEEEK. :rage:



      QUEENSLANDERS who play poker online could be on borrowed time as federal agencies close the net on illegal gambling websites.

      The Australian Crime Commission has urged the Federal Government and the Australian Federal Police to start charging poker websites blatantly getting around Australian legislation, by outlawing their services.

      Sources close to the matter said the ACC had told the authorities to "pull their finger out".

      The move comes after US authorities last month indicted the founders of the three largest poker websites PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker.

      The FBI co-ordinated with the ACC and AFP as part of the crackdown which also involved fallen Brisbane IT tycoon Daniel Tzvetkoff, who was allegedly processing online poker transactions in the US.

      As The Courier-Mail reported last month, several young Queenslanders are making a mint playing poker online sometimes earning up to $750,000 a year tax-free.

      Providing online poker, bingo and casino games to Australians can draw fines as high as $1.1 million a day under the Interactive Gambling Act but no organisation has been charged in the decade since the laws were enacted.

      This is despite the PokerStars website owning a subsidiary, GP Information Services, in Sydney. The company promotes PokerStars and Australian banks are used to transfer funds overseas.

      Digital Economy Minister Stephen Conroy said the Government was investigating whether GP Information Services had breached the IGA but admitted authorities had problems enforcing the laws.

      "As the internet is a cross-jurisdictional medium, it is difficult for Australia to enforce our laws on companies not based in Australia," a spokeswoman for Senator Conroy said.

      "The Government continues to examine the regulatory approaches taken by other countries to online gambling to see what can be learnt about the best way to respond."

      An Australian Productivity Commission report on online gambling last year said the IGA had limited success reducing online poker and that its effectiveness was likely to "decrease over time". The report said the industry could be better regulated if online poker was legalised. Several other Australian-based companies that deal with online poker transactions could also be charged under the IGA for "aiding and abetting" illegal websites.

      Acting ACC chief executive Karen Harfield said she would not comment on specific cases. But she said: "Online gambling is a potential channel for money laundering and revenue and taxation fraud.

      "The ACC works with a wide variety of Government and law enforcement agencies to combat serious and organised crime, including money laundering. This includes working with international law enforcement agencies."

      An AFP spokeswoman said referrals from other agencies were prioritised according to the resources available and it had received a request for assistance from the US to take action against PokerStars.

      She would not comment further on the ongoing investigation.

      The Australian-based director of GP Information Services Craig Meagher did not return emails or phone calls.
  • 14 replies
    • Sviestazis
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      mauahaha here we go, complete bullsh*t, ofc they want some money too from poker thats why they will start this crap. Sorry for my bad words :D
    • ProfiNub
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      government and politicians are all idiots no matter in what country ure living, its same all around the world.
    • Sviestazis
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      Originally posted by ProfiNub
      government and politicians are all idiots no matter in what country ure living, its same all around the world.
      totaly agree but in Latvia it is way much worse than in other countries :(
    • bennisboy
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      why does it have to become fashionable to outlaw poker as soon as I start playing?

      Haha, but in all serious, why all the poker hate from governments these days?
    • Sviestazis
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      Originally posted by bennisboy
      why does it have to become fashionable to outlaw poker as soon as I start playing?

      Haha, but in all serious, why all the poker hate from governments these days?
      why? It is easy just need to say one word MONEY. They see in poker is circulating very big money, and they dont get nothing of it, so now they want and will get probably :( X(
    • ProfiNub
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      Originally posted by Sviestazis
      Originally posted by bennisboy
      why does it have to become fashionable to outlaw poker as soon as I start playing?

      Haha, but in all serious, why all the poker hate from governments these days?
      why? It is easy just need to say one word MONEY. They see in poker is circulating very big money, and they dont get nothing of it, so now they want and will get probably :( X(
      ^^
      This.. but Hey what about government going after Pro football players or hockey players? they get big load of the money aswell and no1 cares about it, And thats why they start sucking as soon as they got enough money.. But nothing we can do about it, because we're just humans with not many rights while idiots in government can do whatever they want to.. Best thing is they get shit load of money by doing nothing aswell. Yet they hate poker.. just no comment in this corrupted world :X
    • Sviestazis
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      ah never mind, poker stars anyway will not get closed, maybe they will have to pay some craps to them and will continue to exist, you know torrent tracker the pirate bay, you know how much crap they was going trought, and they still exist very succesfully, if owners are very smart and they have very good lawyer they will not pay a dime or maybe very small, so no worrys at all here.
    • Berzerger
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      lol @ everybody calling politicians idiots...
    • BigAl123456
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      OMG I am so scared... I dont know what im going to do. it will like being made redundunt twice.

      What do I do?
    • BigAl123456
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      I think I am going to switch from SNGs to just BSS and try and milk this cash cow for as long as I can.
    • blackops888
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      Request a Neteller or Entropay card, which is anonymous. Rent your own MasterCard machine and use the card to "buy" stuff on your machine, so the money goes directly to your account. That's one way,.,,
    • lessthanthreee
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      nothing will happen.
    • blackops888
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      Originally posted by lessthanthreee
      nothing will happen.
      Wise.
    • tokyoaces
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      Originally posted by lessthanthreee
      nothing will happen.
      That's the exact same attitude Americans had. Now they get to enjoy poker from the rail.