On March 12, 2007, it was reported that the online poker market in South Africa has grown rapidly, despite being prohibited under the terms that are under the National Gambling Act of 2006. Against all odds, Poker has become extremely popular there.
One of the most visible examples of this increasing popularity is the All-Africa Poker Championship that was held just last month in Swaziland at the Piggs Peak Casino Facility. The event was attended by about 90 of the world's best professional and amateur poker players.
The champion of the event was Peter Vermaas, a retiree from Cape Town, South Africa. He has taken home around the jackpot for the 2nd time in his poker playing career.
In connection with the National Gambling Act of 2006, the problem lies in the fact that the Gauteng Gambling Board and Casino Enterprises, the organization that handles the Pigs Peak Casino, is currently in the middle of a legality problem battle regarding their casino operation.
Last December, the South African Government gave its approval for a preliminary draft of the Gambling Amendment Bill, which will effectively handle online and cellular phone gambling in South Africa.
March 22, 2007