Poker in Australia - home of poker legend "Diamond" Joe Hachem

Poker has something of an odd history in Australia. The country has been familiar with the game since around the 1900s - but not in the way you might think. The first slot machines that were brought to Australia were from the USA, and they worked by having reels filled with playing cards - you span the reels and won cash if a winning poker hand appeared in a straight line across the middle. There was only one problem with these machines - they were illegal as gambling was against the law in Australia!

In the 1950s these laws began to be relaxed and poker machines - or "pokies" as they became to be known - could be played at registered clubs. As the laws became further relaxed a genuine boom in pokie-playing occurred.

All this meant that poker was forever in the national consciousness in Australia, so when the rise in poker began to really swell in the 1990s, it was only natural that Australia should be swept along with the adoption of this new world-wise craze - one which was accelerated when online poker playing made Texas Hold'em poker and similar games available to anyone who had a computer.

Australia even has one of the longest-running poker tournaments in the world - the Aussie Millions which began as a Fixed Limit Texas Hold'em tournament as long ago as 1998. The real boon came in 2005 when the leading Australian poker pro, Joe Hachem, won the 2004 World Series of Poker Main Event.

Today, virtually every online poker room accepts Australia-based poker players. Here I list a few of the very best rooms you can visit if you're "down under" and want to go all-in on the turn now and again:

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One of the best iPoker network sites where any poker player can be a "Winner" if they play the game right!

Sign up with Winner Poker to receive a massive 250% First Deposit Bonus available up to a mammoth €1,500 + £10 FREE!

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PartyPoker was THE No.1 place to play poker before it was hit by the ban on US players that rocked the poker world in 2011.

Now PartyPoker is back with a complete new look and feel. The question is - can it regain that coveted number one spot?

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The Poker Room from one of the UK's biggest bookmakers - William Hill have been around over eighty years!

Enjoy your poker backed by one of UK's most familiar high-street names - there's a tasty bonus waiting as well!

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Enjoy your poker playing at Titan Poker, one of the best online poker sites under the iPoker Network umbrella.

Join thousands of your fellow players at the tables and play Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo and more!

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Bet365 began life in a portakabin in Stoke-on-Trent in England and are now one of the biggest online gaming portals in the world!

One of the few big poker sites to offer a no-deposit bonus - grab your free €5 when you sign up! FREE money to begin your poker career!

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You can play Hold'em, Omaha and Stud at 888poker, plus the adrenalin-fuelled "Snap Poker" especially for speed poker addicts.

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BetOnline is another one of the developing poker rooms that finally are accepting players who are based in the United States!

If you like to gamble on more than poker, then BetOnline could be the right choice for you - sports betting is also available!

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Aced Poker is perhaps the longest-server poker room who have continued to accept US-based players, having been around since 2007.

They are part of the extensive Australia-based Merge Gaming Network meaning there's always plenty of players around for you to compete with.

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If you're an Omaha High or High-low lover, then you might think yourself short-changed at poker rooms as Texas Hold'em seems to be the number one game.

Not so at Mansion Poker - Omaha is very much the favored game, and there are plenty of extra benefits for Omaha Players!

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Full Flush Poker is part of the Equity poker network - a great new network designed to bring the best for online poker players

If you're based in the United States you be pleased to hear that Full Flush Poker is open to USA-based players!

There's hardly any contest in deciding who's the most successful Australian poker-playing pro - the one and only "Diamond" Joe Hachem. When Diamond Joe won the 2005 World Series Of Poker main event he took home a new record first prize for winning any description of poker tournament - a cool $7.5 million, which isn't bad just for playing a few dozen hands of cards! Joe was actually born in Lebanon in 1966, but moved with his family to Melbourne, Australia in 1972. Joe was working as a chiropractor when he had to take some time off after developing a rare blood disorder affecting blood vessels in his hands. During that time he started to play online poker - and never looked back!

If you're an Australian-based poker player you are literally spoilt for choice as Australian players are widely accepted at almost every online poker room there is! Why not kick-start your own poker career at one of the many online poker sites that are listed above? You could soon be as flushed with poker chips as "Diamond Joe" himself!

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