Many Australian players have come to love the online gaming experience at 32Red Casino. Unfortunately, Australian gamblers will no longer be accepted at the online casino. The promoter of 32Red, TTRpartners which is an affiliate program, will also not cater for Aussie players anymore. TTRpartners’ associated brands have also pulled out of the Australian iGaming market.
To some, this announcement does not come as a shock due to the recent change in Australian legislation. The Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016 has been approved by the government of Australia and it will cause some changes in the Australian gambling industry. In general terms, this piece of legislation will ban unlicensed poker and casino services.
If operators without licenses provide services in Australia after the approved amendments take effect, it will be considered a criminal activity. It is not yet known when the approved amendments will take effect, but other online casinos have started making preparations. So, Australian gamblers will probably see more and more casino and poker brands exiting the market.
TTRpartners, including 32Red, are not accepting Aussie registrations (as of April 3, 2017). In order to prepare for this, they requested the halt of promotion of their brands by affiliates. This was one of the first steps in their imminent exit from the Australian online gaming market.
Many Aussie gamblers will miss playing at 32Red casino, but rather that than playing at a casino operating in the black market. Unlicensed operators that offer casino and poker services through the black market could face serious legal issues. Consequently, this could also impact the players negatively. The non-regulated environment of illegal gambling sites can disadvantage gamblers in many ways, including lack of payment, spamming players, lack of randomness, false advertising and more.
With the exit of 32Red, Australian gamblers must be ready to bid farewell to more online casinos and online poker operators. It is inevitable that the numbers of exiting operators will increase with the approaching amendments in the gambling laws.