Illegal Online Poker Operators Taken to Court in Australia

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Ace King
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The Australian Communications and Media Authority has commenced civil penalty proceedings in the Federal Court alleging contravention of s 15(2A) of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 (IGA) by three individuals:


- Rhys Edward Jones, who provided prohibited online gambling services to Australians from March 2020 to March 2021;
- Diverse Link Pty Ltd (Diverse Link), which provided those services from March 2021 to the present; and
- Brenton Lee Buttigieg, who was involved in promoting and referring customers to those services.


The case revolves around prohibited online gambling services provided through “PPPfish”. The brand was later renamed “Shuffle Gaming” and then “Redraw Poker”.

The ACMA claimed that these were online poker services which is a type of gambling service that is prohibited under s 5 of the IGA.

The ACMA alleges that, since 2 March 2020, the services provided by Jones and then Diverse Link offered Australians the ability to play poker online for money. Players join poker clubs through a mobile app, can then purchase chips from separate websites, via bank transfer or bitcoin, which are then credited to their account in the poker club and can be used to play poker. Chips can then be redeemed for money or bitcoin.

- Ace King,