What Are The Best Alternative Online Casinos Now To Aussie Players?

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by , 2 May 2017 at 6:33 am (1220 Views)
Australian players must be feeling frustrated especially now that many of their favourite Microgaming and NetEnt online casinos are busy exiting the market.

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Before we continue there's a misconception with regard to the legality of online gambling in the country we'd like to get out the way first. Under the Interactive Gambling Act of 2001 it's been illegal for unlicensed operators to accept patrons from Australia. However, players can still play at a casino but the law is strictly against operators.

''It is and always has been illegal since 2001 for operators to provide online poker or casino games to Australians.'' Muppet
The question is at which sites can Australian patrons play now? Many RTG, Rival and Betsoft online casinos have become the new alternative to Aussie players, as such they're filling the void left by the Microgaming and Net Entertainment operators.

Although they're not licensed in credible jurisdictions such as Alderney or Gibraltar they're licensed in Curacao. A jurisdiction which is often frowned upon because of its 'relaxed' gambling laws and its inability of lack thereof to impose them.

Yes, we do agree that the jurisdiction had its fair share of black listed casinos over the years but so did Alderney, Gibraltar and the UK. At the end of the day it all depends on the outfit running the casino regardless of where it's licensed.

Which Casinos Accept Aussie Players?

''A large section of the community despises the poker machines located in pubs. They see them as a mug's game since their payout ratios (RTP) are abysmal.''

There's a couple of credible online casinos that run on the RTG (RealTime Gaming), Rival and Betsoft platform we highly recommend to Australian Online Casino Players. They are Fair Go and Joe Fortune Casinos.

Joe Fortune belongs to the Deckmedia Group which has a proven track record. It offers a robust stable of RTG casino games that includes pokies (slots), table games, specialty games (bingo and keno), video poker, on going promotions laced with cash back incentives and VIP programs for high rollers. The games offered can be played for free or real cash and fully compatible with the latest mobile devices.

First time visitors can hone their skills with a match bonus package of AUS$1,000 strung out over 5 deposits. The first match bonus is 100% up to $200, whatever amount you deposit will be doubled instantly.

Just keep in mind that there's a WR (wagering requirement) of 30x the deposit and bonus sum attached to each bonus before a cash out is allowed. It's a slots-centric bonus, in other words its weighting counts 100% towards slots.

What I like about the operator is that it offers a cashback of 25% on losses and players receive 1 comp for every $10 they wagered-100 comps equals $1.

What sets Fair Go Casino aside from most RTG operators is that it has a high weekly withdrawal limit of $10,000. Although it accepts credit cards, Bitcoin and ewallets are the most convenient options to get your cash out the casino. Bitcoin and ewallet withdrawals are cleared within a couple of hours while bank transfers can take up to 10 days. We'd just like to point out that VIPs can withdraw more cash.

The other friendly Australian operator is Joe Fortune Casino which belongs to the Betting Partners Group. The casino runs on the Rival, RealTime Gaming, NextGen, Microgaming and iSoftBet.

Itís a multi-platform instant play Bitcoin online casino thatís safe and reputable to play at. It only accepts players from Australia and licensed by the Curacao Gambling Board. Newbies qualify for a Bitcoin welcome bonus of AU$7,500 spread out over 9 deposits.

The first is a 300% match bonus up to $1,500 (JFBITCOIN300), to qualify for it players must deposit at least AU$500.

A cash out will only be granted once the play-through requirement of 40x the deposit and bonus sum is completed.

Pokies, specialty, keno and scratch card games count 100% towards the roll over requirement. Note, the sign on bonus package is completely optional and available only to first time depositors.

What Can Regular Depositors Expect?
For every 1$ that's played on slots 1 comp is awarded and for every $4 wagered on other games 1 point is given. Players who scored more than 50,000 points within a month and deposited more than $25,000 qualify for this:

  • 15% Cashback on their losses.
  • They get a bonus on their birthday and receive a 'sweet treat' (bonus) to play their favourite pokie.
  • Cash out requests are cleared faster for high rollers on condition they score 50,000 points per month.

In summary. Now that Microgaming and NetEnt are busy withdrawing from the Australian market, many fear that Australian players will be subjected to online casinos that aren't properly regulated and that have little to no player protection mechanisms in place.

It depends largely at which site you play and of fundamental importance, do proper due diligence on a casino before you deposit and play.

We're pretty confident that the sites we've mentioned in this piece will treat Australian players fair, pay their winnings and give them a fair opportunity at winning.

Further Reading

1. http://www.gpwa.org/forum/australia-...ng-231223.html
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