PokerStars and 888 Mobile Apps Pulled from Australian Apple App Store
Posted at 09:00 2013-07-16 by Matthew Pitt
The Australian government has succeeded in having the mobile poker apps of PokerStars and 888 poker removed from the Apple App Store. Although neither PokerStars nor 888 poker have commented on why their apps are not available to download in Australia, anyone attempting to find these apps while in Australia will be unable to do so.
It was a tweet from Michael “WaGe N WaRz” Federsen to PokerStars that first brought the situation to PokerNetwork’s attention, followed by one from Team Thumper.
Michael Federsen's message to PokerStars
@PokerStars why is the update for pokerstars ap saying not available in Australia yet? #nocouchgrindJuly 13, 2013
PokerStars' response to Federsen
@teamthumper The iOS version of the #PokerStarsApp has been removed by your local authorities. This will not affect the main client.July 14, 2013
Team Thumper's message to PokerStars
@PokerStars wait. What? Please give further details. The Australian govt has decided we can't have a pokerstars app? Australia wide?July 14, 2013
PokerStars' response to Team Thumper
@teamthumper Your local authorities are the best point of call for information. As far as we know it's a 'clamp down' on mobile gaming.July 14, 2013
The excellent PokerStars Mobile App was released in the United Kingdom on February 14, 2012 and released worldwide a month later. Until recently, Australian citizens have been free to download and play at PokerStars (and 888 poker) via the relevant mobile app, but this is no longer the case.
The Interactive Gambling Act of 2001 makes it an offence for online gambling companies to offer their services to Australians, but does not make it an offence for an Australian to partake in online gambling. Online poker has, until the pulling of these mobile apps, operated relatively freely and without any major restrictions.
PokerNetwork will continue to monitor the situation and report any findings.
Lead image courtesy of PokerStars.com
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