Posts Tagged ‘China online poker’

Chinese Authorities raid PokerStars’ APPT Nanjing Millions

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

chinese-police-raid-pokerstars-tournamentChina is looked at as a very lucrative and untapped poker market. But the chances of tapping this market are about as good as my chances of tapping Kate Upton after Chinese National Police raided the APPT Nanjing Millions tournament.

Staged in Nanjing, an Eastern Chinese city with 3.6 million residents, this tourney was expected to go off without a hitch like any other live PokerStars event. And at first, this looked to be the case since over 2,300 players entered the APPT Nanjing Millions. But that was until authorities showed up to the Wutaishan Sports Center and shut down the event. As World Gaming Magazine reported through their Facebook page, authorities hung a sign on the door that read:

“Due to the APPT Nanjing Millions tournament being suspected of illegal gambling, the police are now investigating and the event is being ceased. All related staff should go and register at the designated location and co-operate with the police for the investigation.”

There’s still a lot of mystery surrounding the crackdown, and a clear-cut answer has yet to be given for shutting the event down (beyond illegal gambling). But whatever the case may be, this definitely isn’t good for any ambitions surrounding the Chinese poker dream.

For the past few years, both players and poker operators have been looking to China as a country that could stimulate major growth in the game. However, China is currently in the midst of a crackdown on both gambling and political corruption. And it looks like their government officials aren’t buying the whole poker-is-a-skill-game argument that’s been flaunted in the U.S. so many times. Long story short, legal online poker in China may follow the same timeline as the invention of the hover car.

Legal Online Poker in China?

Friday, January 16th, 2015

china-legal-online-pokerThe current online poker landscape in China is definitely not a good one. As OnlineCasinoReports contends, it is illegal for mainland residents to play online poker and casino games. And while some mainlanders still play at offshore sites, the lack of a regulated environment doesn’t exactly make China a lucrative internet poker market. But one man is doing his best to change this and make online poker legal in China.

Meet David Yang

Just yesterday, a man named David Yang hopped on the TwoPlusTwo forms to claim that he and his friends “hear rumors Chinese government will legalize gambling to make more money.” I can only assume he means online gambling because he posted the same OnlineCasinoReports link above.

Yang also posted a link to an iPetition to get online poker legalized in mainland China. If he can reach the lofty goal of 100,000 signatures, he can approach his government and have the idea taken seriously.

What would Legal Online Poker in China mean?

The sheer size of China (1.357 billion people) makes this news exciting. Again, it’s a long road to 100,000 signatures, and an even longer one to getting the government to actually legalize iPoker – see the United States for a reference. But putting a regulated online poker market in the world’s largest country would definitely be a huge boost to the game.

Of course, as somebody in the TwoPlusTwo forum thread pointed out, the average Chinese salary (approx. $4,750 per year) isn’t as much as other lucrative poker markets. But on the other hand, this is a country that has a pretty heavy gambling culture. Plus, newly minted and legal online gaming would certainly prove popular to China’s residents. So long story short, it would be sweet to see the cause for legal Chinese iPoker taken further.