Online Casino And Poker Operators On Australian Blacklist

Posted on 23/03/09 - by Theodor Mavrodis News

During the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, there was a lot of talk about the way the Chinese government handles certain issues and also about the internet censorship that they had implemented. It appears now that the Australian government is following in these censorship footsteps and many aren't happy with it.

Australian Firewall
The controversial internet censorship in Australia was originally intended to block child pornography and information for criminals, but it appears now that local companies and online gaming sites will be blocked as well.

Web URL's Leaked
A list that was compiled by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) was leaked last week and by the looks of it 2,395 websites are to be blocked. The sites include dating websites, regular company pages, a number of Youtube videos and the aforementioned poker and casino operators.

What's really surprising is that almost all of the poker and casino sites will be placed behind this big "Aussie Firewall" including big names like Full Tilt Poker, Absolute Poker, Party Poker, Pacific Poker, Betfair, Poker Stars, William Hill Casino and others.

Creating More Problems
For some reason the Australian government believes in those gambling myths we told you about yesterday. The possible censorship has already angered a lot of people and Australia's biggest ISP has stated that they won't be a part of this when the testing period begins in June.

Besides uproar from the locals, there's also a chance that this will drive people to do online gaming in illegal ways since they can't access the sites in a normal and legal fashion anymore. These things can lead to even bigger problems for the Aussie government down the road.