China has proven particularly tough on online poker, banning a number of apps back in June. They’re apparently not done with this crackdown either, because a new round of poker app bans has recently been announced.
The only difference in the current ban is that China isn’t blacklisting apps operating out of their own country. Instead, the latest moves are aimed at poker sites operating from foreign countries, such as the Philippines, India, and Vietnam.
Two of the most-famous apps that’ll be blacklisted include Poker Tribe and Poker King, both of which are available through iOS and Android devices.
Poker App Bans Announced on China Central Television
The recent blacklisted poker apps were revealed during a government-supported piece that appeared on China Central Television (CCTV).
The segment discussed how Poker King has been earning 50 million yuan ($7.1 million) per day in player-paid commissions. Poker Tribe and Poker Horde were also mentioned on CCTV as successful operations.
The news segment dove into how some Chinese poker players are gambling away thousands of dollars on offshore poker sites. For example, a man named “He” said that he’s lost 400,000 yuan through Poker King.
China Poker Crackdown Will Continue Into Foreseeable Future
China’s mission to ban poker apps doesn’t appear to have any end in sight. This is the second major move they’ve made in less than six months’ time, and the government seems determined to prevent its citizens from playing online poker.
Of course, Chinese players can still use alternative means to enjoy poker apps, such as Bitcoin and virtual private networks (VPNs). But for the time being, it seems that these legal moves may produce the desired effects regarding the average player.
After all, most Chinese online poker players don’t want to deal with the hassle of the learning how to use a VPN or Bitcoin.