May 31, 2010 (CAP News Wire) – Like most online gambling markets across the globe, Australia has found that the amount of dollars spent by its citizens has grown by leaps and bounds over the past few years.
In fact, the number of Australians who played online casino games in 2009 was twice the amount in 2004, reports The Age.com.
The biggest part of this growth is represented by Internet poker, “with Australian visitors to poker sites increasing by about 20 per cent a year,” the article states. “New figures show Australians are expected to spend $968 million this year on online casino games, poker and bingo, with one-third of that spent on poker alone,” adds the Sydney Moring Herald.
The legality of online poker in Australia is a contested issue. “Companies offering online casino products are theoretically subject to fines of up to $1.1 million a day, but Australian Federal Police have refused to lay charges against illegal operators,” the Morning Herald article states. But other sources flatly declare online gambling to be legal. There’s also concern that a possible Australian Internet censorship plan may change everything. However, advertising for online poker sites is not legal. But that doesn’t seem to be slowing down the market.
As the iGB Down Under conference recently showed, and as this news underlines, the Australian market is a huge growth potential for those in the online gambling and online casino affiliate marketing business.
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