Australia Will Not Expand Online Betting Legalization

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The government of Australia has announced that it will not expand legalized online betting beyond the currently allowed sports betting on Tuesday.

The moves comes as a shock to many pro-gambling supporters, who note that Australian punters are currently spending more than AUS $1 billion on internet betting through offshore sites.

The decision not to expand the country's online gambling laws will be released through an official review of the 2001 Interactive Gambling Act.

It is thought that the review will make 30 recommendations to amend the law, although those moves will likely be frozen out until some minimization standards can be developed.

In-play sports betting will also remain barred in the country, as will online casino game wagering.

Currently most online betting is barred in Australia, although punters themselves are not blocked from betting online. Casinos themselves can be held liable if they offer online betting services to clients based in Aussie Land, but to date no casino has been prosecuted under this law.

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