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PartyPoker to exit Australia

| By iGB Editorial Team

PartyPoker has become the latest major operator to announce it is withdrawing from the Australian market in response to new gambling regulations.

Earlier this month, the Australian Senate moved to pass the Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill, which includes legislation that bans all remote operators from offering online poker and in-play sports betting to punters in the country.

PokerStars, 888 and 32Red have already announced they will cease all real-money operations in the country, and PartyPoker has today (Tuesday) followed suit.

PartyPoker will officially stop operating on August 31.

Tom Waters, managing director of PartyPoker, said: “We regret that this day has come as Australia is a strong poker market.

“We will continue to work with the Australian player alliance to lobby the government to provide a safe regulated environment for residents to play online poker in the future.”

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