An Australian Senate committee has offered lukewarm support for online poker regulation, concluding that on balance it appears to be a low-risk form of gambling with less of a social impact than other verticals, but that more research into the product needed to be done.

The report by the Environment and Communications Reference Committee describes poker as different to other forms of gambling, and argues that regulation would channel players away from black market sites.

However, it adds, this should only occur once the implementation of the National Consumer Protection Framework has been finalised. It also recommends the Department of Social Services be given time to research the relative benefits and harms associated with prohibition and regulation.

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