Casino City's iGaming Pocket Directory - 2013 Edition

106 Sponsored by Casino City’s iGaming Pocket Directory AUSTRALIA Australia has all the ingredients necessary for a major online gaming market. Australia has a culture in which gaming is acceptable – an Australian government report has calculated gambling losses as high as $19 billion (AUD) annually. It has a population of 22.6 million people. There are more people in Australia than there are in the Netherlands (16.7 million), Greece (10.8 million) or Portugal (10.9 million). Australia’s broadband penetration rate is 24.6 percent, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). By comparison, the United States broadband penetration rate is 27.7 percent. It’s 33.3 percent in the U.K., 24.5 percent in Spain and 22.2 percent in Italy. Australia also has a thriving eCommerce business. Internet Retailer estimated Australia conducted $23.2 million of eCommerce in 2012. Take all of those ingredients and mix them together and you create an excellent environment for a thriving online gaming market. According to Casino City, there are 827 online casinos that accept play from Australia, 344 online sportsbooks and 418 online poker rooms. That’s no surprise in a country known for loving poker and sports betting. The Crown Melbourne is home to the Aussie Millions, the annual poker series which began as the Australian Poker Championship in 1997, and has been regularly attracting the world’s best players since 2005. And according to IBISWorld, the sports betting market is expected to reach $3.5 billion in gross gaming revenue this year. AUSTRALIA