As Australia tightens their restrictions on online gambling activities, gaming regulators in New Jersey are warning operators not to offer their services in the country.
New Jersey continues to be the top operating state when it comes to online gaming in the US. There are several big name online gaming companies operating in NJ as well as land-based gaming venues offering both casino and poker gaming online for real money. New Jersey operators offer services in a number of ways and could possibly be looking to reach out to other states in the future as well as internationally. New Jersey officials continue to want to push the envelope when it comes to online gaming offerings. Just recently, officials warned operators that one country is off limits when it comes to the business of gambling.
Stay Out of Australia
Over the past few months, changes have been occurring in Australia in regards to gambling regulations. Legislation changes have tightened gambling laws for online activity in the country and gaming regulators of New Jersey want to be sure their operators stay out. The New Jersey Department of Gaming Enforcement recently sent out a letter on September 29th discussing the new laws of Australia and how operators associated with online gaming in NJ need to stay out of Australia.
The country now has more of a gray market and operators have been pulling out left and right. Vera&John and 888 were some of the first to remove services. Gaming regulators in New Jersey see the country as a black market and want operators to stay out. It seems several companies that have licensing in the state serve Australia in some capacity.
According to Onlinepokerreport, in 2016, the Division of Gaming Enforcement created an advisory bulletin that discussed the impact of operations in grey markets involving licensing. The bulletin was created to stop operators from serving players in New Jersey as well as markets were online gaming was not considered legal or illegal.
It seems that officials in Australia have reached out to officials in New Jersey to keep gaming from taking place. David Rebuck, the Director of the DGE received a letter from Australian Communications and Media Authority discussing the new online gambling law of Australia. Richard Bean is the Acting Chairman of the group and asked Rebuck to take action ensuring Australian gaming laws were not broken.
Rebuck Takes Action
David Rebuck quickly took the suggestion and began to act. A letter was sent to the Internet Gaming Counsel to be read by companies that have licensing in the state. In the letter, Rebuck discusses that he was contacted by authorities of Australia and that any operations in a black market will affect the suitability of a company for licensing in New Jersey. The division is now considering Australia a black market.
Basically, any company that offers services connected to gambling in any way in Australia will then be at risk of losing licensing in New Jersey. In the letter Rebuck stated:
For now, we know that 888poker, Party and PokerStars have all left the Australian market. It is unclear which other operators might still be offering services in the region. One can assume that any company that is still offering services in Australia will stop in order to maintain operations in New Jersey.