Professional poker player fined – Luke Brabin charged for site

Firstonlinepokeroperatorprosecutedundercurrentlegislation

June6,20171:01pm。

bySarahOBrien

TheonlinegamblingcrackdowninAustraliahascommencedwithauthoritiestargetinganonlinepokeroperatorandfininghim$10,000。

Awell-knownprofessionalpokerplayer,LukeBrabin,isthefirsttobechargedunderanewcrackdownonpokerandgamingwebsitestargetingAustralians。

Brabin,whohashadexperienceasabookmaker,wasfoundguiltyofbreachingtheInteractiveGamblingAct2001bytheSouthportMagistratesCourt。

HewasconvictedofprovidinganillegalgamblingserviceviathewebsitePokerAsiaPacific。

comonMonday,June5。

Whenthesitefirstlaunched,Brabinhopeditwouldresultin“aneweraforpokerinAustralia”。

TheAustralian-basedwebsite,nowtakendown,claimedtobeaffiliatedwithmajorgamblingvenuesacrossAustralia,includingSydney’sStarCasinoandCrownResortsMelbourneandPerth。

Thewebsiteofferedrealmoneyonlinepokergames,aswellasonlinesatellitesintolivepokertournamentsacrosstheAsiaPacific。

Itwasalsoacomprehensiveresourceforpokernews。

AlongwithBrabin,bloggersonthesiteincludedcricketlegendandpokerenthusiastShaneWarneandprofessionalpokerplayersGrantLevy,OliverGillandDanielLaidlaw。

Whilethecurrentlegislationisquitevaguewhenitcomestooffshoregamblingoperators,itisclearthatyoucannotrunanunlicensedgamblingsiteoutofAustralia。

Still,Brabinisthefirsttobeprosecutedunderthe16-yearoldlegislation,despiteothermajorpokeroperatorslikePokerstarstargetingtheAustralianmarketformuchlonger。

RecentlylawmakershavebeendiscussingtheInteractiveGamblingAmendmentbill2016,whichisyettobeofficiallyintroduced。

Brabinacquiredtheonlinepokersiteviahiscompany,EVPlusPtyLtd,in2015。

ButtheCourtonlychargedhimforoffencesbetweenAprilandAugust2016。

ItisunclearwhyBrabinwasfinedspecificallyforhisconductbetweenthesemonths。

InAugustlastyear,PokerAsiaPacific’sFacebookpagepostedastatementsayingthewebsitewouldbesuspended“untilpendinglegalactionregardingtheInteractiveGamblingActisresolved。



“Duringthistime,PokerAsiaPacificwillbelobbyingstronglytoexcludeonlinepokerfromtheInteractiveGamblingActandresumeitsserviceswithoutanylegalimplications,”themessageread。

TheFacebookpostalsosaiditwouldbeoffline“for2-3months”anditsoperatorswere“confidentofobtainingapositiveresultgiventhecurrentlandscapeoftheonlinepokermarket。



ButthesiteisstillofflineandBrabin,whoisaWSOPAsia-Pacificgoldbraceletwinner,hastopayafive-figurefine。

TheattemptstoexcludepokerfromtheIGAandallowAustralianstoofferthegameandplayitlegallyonlinehavebeenquiteprominent。

Butthebilltoamendthelegislation,andinturntightenthelawssurroundingonlinegambling,hasseenthis?

attemptandothergroupseffortsthrownoutbySenators。

TheamendmentstotheIGAwillalsogivemorepowertotheAustralianCommunicationsandMediaAuthority(ACMA),includingtheabilitytoissuecivilpenaltiesofupto$1。

35millionperdayforindividualsandupto$6。

75millionperdayforcompanieswhichhavebeenfoundinbreachoftheAct。

ButitseemsthemediawatchdogisalreadyexertingitspowersasmediareportshaverevealedACMAtippedauthoritiesoffaboutBrabin。

ACMAisnottheonlyinterestedpartytogetaheadofthenewlegislationchanges,withanumberofinternationalgamblingoperatorsalreadyexitingtheAustralianmarket。

Onlinecasinooperatorssuchas32RedPicandGIGbrands,whichincludesGutsonlinecasino,havealreadyexitedthemarket。

AmayaGamingsPokerstarsisstillactiveinAustraliadespitehavingamuchbiggermarketshareofpokerplayersthanPokerAsiaPacific。

comdid。


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