While poker had managed over the years to win on Chinese soil, Beijing redistributes the cards. As of June 1, 2018, all poker applications will be prohibited as well as advertisements promoting the game. China continues to contain itself.
Poker in China, a story about to end
At a time when China seems to fall back on itself and want to have exclusive control over everything that is happening in its territory, poker players have learned a very bad news with the upcoming ban on their game Favorite cards.
However, everything seemed to be much better between Beijing and the industry Games of money these last months. Indeed, since the closure of the Asian Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) in Nanjing in April 2015 by the Chinese authorities on the grounds of a game activity deemed illegal, the national government had no longer intervened on this market where the Silver flows to waves.
The poker practice So had been able to develop in this country, however rather refractory to gambling. The card game had also attracted many players whether on PC, on mobile terminals or in poker clubs that have grown like mushrooms. Not later in December 2017, the organization of the World Series of Poker China was a great success and the event, for its first edition, had allowed its winner, Zhou Yun Peng, to pocket more than 370,000 Dollars.
Only here, as often, Beijing revised its orientation and made a few announcements in April 2018 which did not really go unnoticed. Their entry into force should hurt poker in China and some, such as Stéphane Lai, director of Hong Kong Poker Players Association, already believe that poker will return to "prehistory" in the Middle Kingdom.
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The end of poker and advertising applications from June 2018
For reasons he did not explain, the Chinese government has set out to banish poker on its national territory.
From June 1, 2018, poker applications will be prohibited. This therefore means that Chinese amateurs in this game can no longer take part in frenzied parts around virtual tables, both on their fixed and mobile terminals. From there to what China prohibits all online games, there is only one step.
But that's not all since in China, these free applications are often used to support paid parts organized within poker clubs. By prohibiting them, the state therefore knows that it will make many clubs inactive which, that said, were the subject of completely illegal actions. The main players in the poker market in China therefore enter into rank one to one as if nothing had happened. The WSOP application, managed by Tencent, has already been dormant while Bourgame, the Chinese owner of the World Poker Tour, said to wait for "additional clarifications" on the upcoming measures before carrying out the appropriate actions .
The world poker industry will also be affected by the measures taken in China against the game since Beijing has decided to ban advertising for poker on social networks. This therefore means that Chinese amateurs will experience all the difficulties of the world to obtain an agenda of major poker events. Suffice to say that Chinese players should be few around large poker tables in the coming months.
Eh say that at the same time, poker operators seek to seduce more players in USA in order to improve their profitability and this, in full agreement with the State ... Long live our beautiful capitalist democracy!