Casinos in Australia
It was during the 1950s that the use of gambling machines in registered clubs was first legalized. That started the Pokies (slot machines) craze that continues even today. The country’s first casino, Wrest Point Hobart opened its gates in 1973 and by now there are thirteen brick-and-mortar casinos in Australia, with every state having at least one of them. The establishments are regulated by the Casino Control Act of 2006.
Although gambling machines like Pokies make up for well over half of all gambling turnover in Australia, casinos have also experienced increasing popularity due to their selection of card and table games like blackjack, baccarat, roulette and poker.
In addition to the land-based establishments there are also a number of cruise ship casinos that players can board to gamble.
Online Casinos in Australia
While land-based Australian casinos are regulated by the government, the online casinos that Australians play at are not. This is because Australians are not allowed to play at any internet casinos that are licensed in Australia. There are many Australian Casinos – in fact, they pioneered the concept of "free play", but these casinos are only accessible to players outside of Australia.
This doesn’t mean Australians can’t gamble on the Internet. Instead, they just have to use online casinos from other countries. There are lots of casinos around the world that accept Australian players. A few are actually made specifically for Australian players, and some even let members play in Australian Dollars.
The government released a report on the current regulations in March 2013, recommending several steps to legalize certain “low risk” online casino games, but action is not expected to be forthcoming soon.