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Introducing Australia’s Anti-Online Gambling Senator – Nick Xenophon

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Is that a Mobile Casino in Your Pocket Sonny Boy?

Is that a Mobile Casino in Your Pocket Sonny Boy?

Australia certainly provides a demand for online gambling. And although the laws Down Under are some of the strictest in the world, let’s just say that Australian’s still know how to get their online gambling fix. As is to be expected, some publicly elected officials don’t want this to be (for one reason or another), and have taken great effort to ban all forms of online wagering.

Senator Nick Xenaphon is precisely one of these publicly elected officials. It’s kind of interesting his last name is one letter short of the word “phone”, because Nick Xenophon doesn’t want you to gamble from your phone. Apparently, he was ridiculed as a child, taunted on the playground by bully’s proclaiming, “Nick Xenophone calls his mommy!”.

Having pretty much centered his 1997 election platform around banning gambling (don’t ask me how he was voted into office), Xenophon is now making motions to ban all forms of remote wagering, which he thinks (or so he says) encourages underage gambling. Concerned about the flood of applications that can now be used on smart phones, like the iPhone, Blackberry and Google Android, Xenephon is speaking out against mobile online casinos in particular, albeit if he had his way, all forms of remote wagering would get the ax.

There is no denying the rise in popularity of mobile casino gaming; However, this is primarily due to a recent spike in development technologies that now allow legally aged online gamblers to safely and securely log into their online casino accounts via mobile phones.

And no, mobile online casinos are not “apps” that can be quickly downloaded from iTunes or elsewhere on the internet by anyone under eighteen years of age. In order to gamble for real money on a cell phone, players must first open an account (which is checked for age and fraud verification, mind you) and then request the mobile software download package to be sent to their phone via an SMS text message. Only then can the player log into the online casino from their mobile phone and begin wagering with real money.

Perhaps if Senator Xenaphon actually took the time to engage due diligence research about online gambling technology, he wouldn’t be so quick to label mobile online gambling as a corruptor of the youth. But then again, perhaps Senator Xenaphon doesn’t care to know the truth, being so blinded by the agenda he promised he would keep many years ago.