The first online gambling site has left Australia after a change to the country’s gambling laws. Two high stakes players throw $150,000 in chips onto the floor during session. Check out these stories and more in the Wednesday Hit and Run.

Vera&John is First Operator to Leave Australia Since November Law Clarification

Australians may want to start playing poker while they still can. Vera&John, a popular slots casino, is the first site since November to notify Australian customers that they will be leaving the country. Vera&John has informed customers that accounts will be closed by the end of 2016. Players are not able to deposit on the site but are able to withdraw funds within the next week.

The move comes on the heels of amendments made to Australia’s Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016 in November which clarified Australia’s gaming laws.

Unfortunately for players in the country, the move is unlikely to be the last that players will face in 2017. PokerStars has already indicated their intentions to leave the market once the regulations are fully enacted. Many other European regulated operators will likely follow suit, while some operators outside of European jurisdictions may continue to offer games to players. Operators leaving the Australian market will likely also indirectly affect players from other countries, with Australia representing up to 10% of the player base on some poker sites.

Australian players concerned about the future of the game in the country can visit this 2+2 thread for more information and to get involved.

Quick Hitters

– Doyle Brunson tweeted on about an incident on Tuesday night at the Belagio that turned some heads. Apparently a tilted high stakes poker players threw $150,000 of chips onto the floor. The players involved in the incident were not named.

– More from PTP’s Lorin Yelle on the PPC Poker Tour saga, where players still remain unpaid from a November tournament in Aruba.

– Alex Weldon has posted Part IV on this Life Lessons from Poker Series. In this edition, Alex takes a look at that loaded word – variance.

– PokerStrategy has released their top five sickest hands of the year featuring some of the best speech play, slowrolls and bluffs during the last 12 months. Here is one of the notable hands with commentary by Jason Somerville

– Online poker growth in the United States has stalled due to a lack of new regulated markets. The growth instead has been diverted to brick and mortar casinos where new poker rooms are being built.