Australia has had a checkered past when it comes to gambling with cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum or Monero. A popular Brisbane based and fully licensed bookmaker called Neds were forced to close down their bitcoin betting operations when regulators stepped in. New stricter licensing regulations also forced out crypto friendly poker room BetOnline this year. Despite this, it appears that cryptocurrency sports betting is on the rise in Australia according to this article which states that Melbourne Cup punters in Australia are increasingly using bitcoin to wager on horse racing. Aussies are also betting on the Australian Football League (AFL) and the National Rugby League (NRL) at popular cryptocurrency bookies that accept Australian citizens.