View of the Star Casino in Sidney, Australia.
Star Casino, Australia

 

This is a guide to brick and mortar as well as online casinos in Australia. Find out what the best casinos and online casino sites are in Australia, or learn more about the legal status of casino gambling in the country. This article supplements the general guide to the legal status of gambling in Australia.

 

Online casinos in Australia

 

The regulation of casino gambling in Australia is the jurisdiction of individual states. Online casino gambling, on the other hand, is regulated on a federal level, which applies to all states. The legal status of online casinos in Australia is quite complex. The law regulating online casino gambling is the Interactive Gambling Act of 2001.*

In accordance with this law, interactive gambling means, among others, gambling services provided to costumers using an internet carriage service. The Interactive Gamlbing Act also states that gambling includes not only games of pure chance, but games of mixed chance and skill as well (e.g. poker).

The Interactive Gambling Act prohibits offering any real-money online gambling services to residents of Australia. (Free games are still allowed.) Advertising real-money gambling is prohibited as well. This applies, most of all, to online casinos in Australia. It is also technically illegal for online casinos in other countries to offer their services to Australian players, but the government has taken no measures against this form of online casino gambling.

With all the prohibitions, it might be surprising that it is perfectly legal for Australian gamblers to play on international online casino sites. They are, of course, advised not to, but face no adverse consequences should they choose to gamble in offshore online casinos. Online casino gambling sites are not blocked by ISPs, and many online casinos welcome Australian players.

 

*Source: Interactive Gambling Act 2001 (ComLaw)

 

Online casinos accepting players from Australia

The following online gambling websites accept players from Australia:

 

Black Lotus Casino

This is Black Lotus Casino's animated GIF banner advertising their new slot and their free spins and casino match bonuses. You can read about these promotional offers below the animated banner. By clicking on the banner you will be taken to the casino's website where you can register and play.
Black Lotus Casino bonus offers
USA and Canada players are accepted.
  • Get 40 free spins on BIG GAME. Use the code: SAFARI54
OR:
  • Get 250% match bonus, up to $2500. Use the code: SAFARI250
  These are only available to new players. Returning players get daily, exclusive bonuses and other rewards. It changes daily, check the casinos's page for info, the are usually very good, also they have cashback almost each month, so even if you lose, you will get some of it back, usually 10%, but sometimes more.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All offers are available in USD$, C$, Euro €, NOK, SEK, DKK. * Bitcoin is accepted as a deposit currency. * Visa and Master Card Deposits are accepted. * Minimum withdrawal of $100. * 60X wagering on all bonuses. * Maximum withdrawal of $100 on all Free Spin or Free Bonus offers. * A minimum $20 deposit is required to process a withdrawal. * Maximum withdrawal of $1000 on Match bonuses from 101% or greater * All offers are available for 1 claim per IP. * Offers valid till end of April 2022   Check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations, does not apply to bonuses for returning players which have different (significantly better) paythrough requirements.
Wagering limitation:
  • 100% - Slots and Keno
  • 50% - Roulette and Three Card Poker
  • 25% - Baccarat
  • 10% - Video Poker
  • 5% - Blackjack, Craps
  • 0% - Everything else
 

RichPrize Casino

This is RichPrize Casino's animated GIF banner advertising their new exclusive games and their free spins and casino bonuses. You can read about these promotional offers below the animated banner. By clicking on the banner you will be taken to the casino's website where you can register and play.
RichPrize Casino bonus offers
USA and Canada players are accepted. However, US players can only deposit and withdraw money using cryptocurrencies! (this restriction only applies to US players, and only in this casino)
  • 100% match bonus, up to $400 + 25 free spins, no code needed
  OR:
  • Confirm email or phone, apply code: LADYDAY, make deposit from 21 to 400 EUR/USD and receive 88% + 88 free spins, limited time only, if it is no longer valid, please drop a comment and let me know
  OR:
  • Confirm email or phone, apply code: WEST100 make deposit pf at least 21 EUR/USD and receive 100 free spins, limited time only, if it is no longer valid, please drop a comment and let me know
  Returning players usually get 25% - 33% cashback, one of the highest regular cashbacks online. Even if you end up losing you will get about 30% of your money back (returning players only).

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses and promotions are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements.
  • Playthrough requirement: Bonus wagering x40 applied.
  • Free spins wagering x40 applied.
  Check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations, does not apply to bonuses for returning players which have different (significantly better) paythrough requirements.
Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days to wager bonus.
  • Slots wagering allowed.
  • Slots wagering participation 100%.
  • Min bet 0.01 EUR - Max bet 3 EUR.
  • Betting Games wagering not allowed.
  • Providers allowed for wagering: Limited to enabled games only.
  • Player can cancel bonus at any time. Please note: Upon cancellation of the bonus the balance will be adjusted to the balance before bonus activation.
 

 

Other forms of online gambling in Australia

 

Online gambling is legal in Australia in the sense that locals are free to play on any online gambling site available to them; it is only online gambling operators who are restricted from allowing Australians to play on their sites. This leaves plenty of offshore online casinos to choose from. However, that is not the only option for Australian gamblers looking to play online.

While it is illegal to offer online casino gambling services to Australian residents, online sports betting has a different legal status. Sports betting operators may legally offer their services within the country, as long as they comply with gambling regulations and acquire the necessary permits.

The reason for the lack of prohibition on online sports betting lies in the wording of the Interactive Gambling Act of 2001. Often considered to be Australia’s online gambling regulation, it does not ban all forms of online gambling, but rather interactive gambling. Sports betting is not considered interactive if bets are made prior to the sports event, which means only “live”, in-play betting is prohibited. Still, it is not illegal for Australian gamblers to wager on sport events through international online sports betting sites, should they wish for more variety.

The legal status of online lottery games is by and large the same as that of online sports betting. Australian lotteries – of which there are quite a few – may legally sell lottery tickets online. However, it is illegal to offer “instant win” games such as scratchcards online, as that is considered interactive gambling.

 

Problem gambling

 

Gambling has been one of the most popular pastimes in Australia since the 1700s. An estimated 80% of all Australian adults partake in some form of gambling. The government has been trying to restrict Australians’ access to gambling for many years, albeit with little success. The reasoning behind the stricter gambling regulation of the recent years (namely the 2001 Interactive Gambling Act) is to hamper problem gambling in the country.

According to government estimates, problem gambling affects about 500 000 Australians, as well as their families.* The most important form of gambling in Australia is, in this regard, video poker – or as it is locally called, pokies. One in six people regularly playing with video poker machines is considered to be seriously addicted to the game. With Australia’s high gambling rate, this is an especially urgent matter.

Still, there are doubts whether the Interactive Gambling Act of 2001 reached its goal. At the moment, there are over 2000 online casino sites freely available to Australian players. Offering online gambling services to players from Australia is technically against the country’s gambling regulations, but the government lacks the means to ban these sites. As a result, it seems that the Australian government has given up revenues from taxing online casinos, while not helping problem gamblers by much.

 

Land-based casinos in Australia

 

It is also hard to get players to quit gambling when only the online version is – more or less – banned.  There is a federal casino regulation, the Casino Control Act of 2006, which applies to the whole country. This law states that it is legal to operate casinos, as long as they comply with the appropriate regulation. Traditional, land-based casino gambling is, unlike online casinos, regulated on the level of individual states. All territories have their own regulating bodies supervising gambling and issuing licences within their area.

In accordance with the federal law, casino gambling is legal in all Australian states. There is at least one larger casino to be found in all territories, along with several smaller gambling establishments. The most popular form of gambling is video poker, which makes up about half of the gambling opportunities in Australia, but many table games are available as well.

The largest casino in Sidney, the capital is the Star casino, offering many table games such as Mini Baccarat, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud, Craps, Pai Gow, Poker, Pontoon, Roulette, Rapid Roulette, Sic Bo and Three card poker. The wide variety of games reflects the Australians’ love for gambling.

 

*Source: Problem Gambling (Australian Government)

 

The future of casinos in Australia

 

It is apparent that, though gambling in Australia is thoroughly regulated, gambling laws did not have the desired effect on problem gambling and the Australian casino industry. There have been many calls for a reform of gambling regulation.

There have been news of a strange turn of events regarding the legal status of ganbling, specifically pokies, in Australia. The firm Maurice Blackburn is said to be looking into taking legal action against video poker machines in the whole country. Their claim is that these machines were designed to be deceitful and addictive, which makes them inherently illegal. *

While pokies definitely constitute a risk to the Australian society through their addictive nature, some consider these legal claims to be utter nonsense. “That’s like saying that a car is designed to run out of petrol, or a car is designed to exceed the speed limit – it’s just not true.” – stated chief executive of Gamin Technologies Australia, Ross Ferrar.

We have yet to see the results of targeting video poker machines in this way. Should Australia succeed in diminishing problem gambling and its adverse consequences, the country may adopt a more liberal view regarding online gambling.

There have been initiatives to override the Interactive Gambling Act of 2001, already considered to be outdated. A five year trial period of permitting online poker in Australia was proposed but promptly denied as well. As Senator Conroy stated, a nationwide standard for consumer protection is necessary prior to the legalisation of online casino gambling in Australia.**

*Source: Legal Action Targets Poker Machines in Australia (Calvin Ayre)

**Source: Conroy push for gambling harm plan (The Sidney Morning Herald)

 

The following online gambling websites accept players from the Bahamas:

Black Lotus Casino

This is Black Lotus Casino's animated GIF banner advertising their new slot and their free spins and casino match bonuses. You can read about these promotional offers below the animated banner. By clicking on the banner you will be taken to the casino's website where you can register and play.
Black Lotus Casino bonus offers
USA and Canada players are accepted.
  • Get 40 free spins on BIG GAME. Use the code: SAFARI54
OR:
  • Get 250% match bonus, up to $2500. Use the code: SAFARI250
  These are only available to new players. Returning players get daily, exclusive bonuses and other rewards. It changes daily, check the casinos's page for info, the are usually very good, also they have cashback almost each month, so even if you lose, you will get some of it back, usually 10%, but sometimes more.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All offers are available in USD$, C$, Euro €, NOK, SEK, DKK. * Bitcoin is accepted as a deposit currency. * Visa and Master Card Deposits are accepted. * Minimum withdrawal of $100. * 60X wagering on all bonuses. * Maximum withdrawal of $100 on all Free Spin or Free Bonus offers. * A minimum $20 deposit is required to process a withdrawal. * Maximum withdrawal of $1000 on Match bonuses from 101% or greater * All offers are available for 1 claim per IP. * Offers valid till end of April 2022   Check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations, does not apply to bonuses for returning players which have different (significantly better) paythrough requirements.
Wagering limitation:
  • 100% - Slots and Keno
  • 50% - Roulette and Three Card Poker
  • 25% - Baccarat
  • 10% - Video Poker
  • 5% - Blackjack, Craps
  • 0% - Everything else
 

RichPrize Casino

This is RichPrize Casino's animated GIF banner advertising their new exclusive games and their free spins and casino bonuses. You can read about these promotional offers below the animated banner. By clicking on the banner you will be taken to the casino's website where you can register and play.
RichPrize Casino bonus offers
USA and Canada players are accepted. However, US players can only deposit and withdraw money using cryptocurrencies! (this restriction only applies to US players, and only in this casino)
  • 100% match bonus, up to $400 + 25 free spins, no code needed
  OR:
  • Confirm email or phone, apply code: LADYDAY, make deposit from 21 to 400 EUR/USD and receive 88% + 88 free spins, limited time only, if it is no longer valid, please drop a comment and let me know
  OR:
  • Confirm email or phone, apply code: WEST100 make deposit pf at least 21 EUR/USD and receive 100 free spins, limited time only, if it is no longer valid, please drop a comment and let me know
  Returning players usually get 25% - 33% cashback, one of the highest regular cashbacks online. Even if you end up losing you will get about 30% of your money back (returning players only).

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses and promotions are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements.
  • Playthrough requirement: Bonus wagering x40 applied.
  • Free spins wagering x40 applied.
  Check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations, does not apply to bonuses for returning players which have different (significantly better) paythrough requirements.
Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days to wager bonus.
  • Slots wagering allowed.
  • Slots wagering participation 100%.
  • Min bet 0.01 EUR - Max bet 3 EUR.
  • Betting Games wagering not allowed.
  • Providers allowed for wagering: Limited to enabled games only.
  • Player can cancel bonus at any time. Please note: Upon cancellation of the bonus the balance will be adjusted to the balance before bonus activation.
 

 

 

Simon’s Guide to Land-based and Online Casinos in Australia is part of Simon’s Online Casino Guide.

 

Last updated: 2021-01-02

 

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