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So I just read the news and the government has now ordered Australia telco to block fairgo and emu casinos in Australia.
So I try and log into my life and sure enough the site can't be reached.
More sites are to be blocked also
Might be a good thing with the reputation they have I suppose
I have an extremely low opinion of ACMA. They are mostly clueless in regards to this industry.
I read their statement on the matter which could not have been more inaccurate in describing Emu Casino if it tried. We have seen complaints about Fair Go in our forums here, but from what I can tell they are far from the worst, especially compared to the numerous outright fraudulent casinos targeting Aussies that are run by crooks that have all sprung up like weeds in recent times.
ACMA told people to withdraw their money from these casinos yet at the same time they are trying to block people from accessing the sites. How exactly is that supposed to work?
If that applies to you and you do want to withdraw but your ISP is caving in to these requests, you have a few options:
1. Your phone and home internet may use different ISPs so one may work while the other will not.
2. Try using a VPN to bypass any ISP blocks. If you do so, explain to the casino what you are doing and why, and that you just want to withdraw your funds and close your account.
3. Switch to another ISP and withdraw while you can.
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I think it's more to do with the government loosing billions of dollars in tax on these companies rather than helping vulnerable people
I agree that helping vulnerable people is not high on the list of motivations with this government but I don't think it is as simple as tax reasons. If it was only the tax dollars they could easily license and regulate to get a cut. But we have the state bookies like TAB, pubs & clubs, land based casinos, licensed sports bookmakers, religious lobby, other moralisers etc all campaigning against online gambling and/or competition each for their own reasons.
The saddest thing about this whole action by ACMA is that before they started aggressively pursuing all the casinos, Aussies were able to get great service and quick payments from properly licensed and regulated operators. But they chased all the responsible operators away with their threats and now players are mostly left with a few decent unlicensed casinos, along with a whole host of crooked Aussie themed rip-off shops. And the few good ones like Emu now have trouble paying winners because the credit card companies and banks are afraid to process gambling transactions.
So while ACMA can warn people that they may be ripped off by unlicensed offshore casinos run from who knows where, they completely lack the self awareness to realise that it is they who have created this situation for the very people they naively believe they are protecting.
Can these casinos gain the required license here to operate like the current legal sports wagering sites?? Or is there too much costs and red tape involved.
No. Operating an online casino is illegal under Australian law, though it is not illegal for you or I to play at one if they will let you. You can gamble as much as you want on the horses, footy, lotto, pokies at the RSL club, scratchies or a million other things. But playing at a casino online is somehow a problem.
Such a dumb rule. You guys had access to good sites for some time, right? Kinda seems like trying to close Pandora's Box. People have been doing it for so long and now you're going try to convince them that they can't? Yeah, right... now they'll just go to the rogues and lose their money.
Yep, you're pretty much spot on there slim.
I contacted fair go, they said I'm able to play using a VPN, so at least that's a bonus
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