Could Apple be Forced to Pull the PokerStars App in Australia?

Posted at 09:15 2013-04-02 by Matthew Pitt

Greens Senator Richard di Natale has called for Apple Australia to take down online gambling apps from its iTunes store, claiming Apple Australia could be breaching federal online gambling laws.

In an article on The Age, di Natale said, “We don’t allow online poker in Australia for Australian people under the Interactive Gambling Act…the [Apple] have got an obligation to take down apps that are against Australian law and they should do it.”

The same article claims Fairfax, Australasia’s leading media company, managed to download the PokerStars app via iTunes, make a real money deposit and sit down at a cash game. Neither Apple nor PokerStars have made comment.

Despite the Interactive Gambling Act (IGA) prohibiting all types of online casino-style gambling to Australians, a recent review revealed there could be as many as 2,200 online gambling providers offering services to Australian residents. The same report also claims Australian online gamblers lose $1 billion per year on these unlicensed sites, although that figure seems exaggerated somewhat.

PokerStars launched its mobile app in the United Kingdom on February 14, 2012 and then across the world, including in Australia, three months later in May. Currently, customers can play on the PokerStars Mobile App on Android powered devices or on iOS operated iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches.

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