Some time ago I was aware that there was an online petition of sorts to lobby for legalisation of social, pub/club poker in the ACT. As far as I am aware, social poker networks such as the National Poker League (NPL) and Australian Poker League (APL) are legal throughout Australia… except in the ACT.
I can’t understand why here, of all places, a relatively harmless social activity is illegal. Further, I can’t understand why the clubs aren’t very interested in supporting this initative. Having visited some venues in NSW and QLD, its obvious that the venues love pub poker on weeknights. I’ve seen pubs that would be lucky to have 10 patrons on a Tuesday night have over 100 turn up to play social poker for no money, just a social league. The pub/club benefits – extra trade, and its great social fun for people to play a card game without having to gamble for real money.
The only poker option in the ACT is the Casino… and unless things have changed in the last six months there are only a few games there and for quite high stakes. Surely the ACT government is actually encouraging irresponsible gambling by forcing the poker public into only one outlet, and a very expensive one as well?
Would love to hear if there has been any progress or an organised lobby to bring social pub poker to the ACT.