16+ CR GTD
Header banner - Calling Stn
Pokersaint - Lead
China Bans Online Poker Poker

China Bans Online Poker

by Gutshot Editorial Posted on 23 Apr, 2018

While the mind-sport of poker is growing leaps and bounds all across the world, China has decided to launch a crackdown on the game, and no longer recognize poker as a competitive sport. The authorities have gone ahead and banned the use of all online poker applications and websites.

The crackdown will put an end to the promotion of Texas Hold’em poker through social media applications, while other social media channels will also not be allowed to promote any form of Texas Hold’em. Poker in China largely exists through such websites and social media apps, so this will prove to be a major blow, both to players and to companies that provide the product.

One such example was the Hong-Kong listed Boyaa Interactive, whose Boyaa Poker Tour sees players qualifying to the series via the company’s app. When this announcement was made, Boyaa’s share price took a hit of over 12%, just hours after their 2017 annual report posted gains and an increase in player revenue.

The report stated, “The third Boyaa Poker Tour, our specially organized competition, was successfully held in the fourth quarter of 2017, which increased our brand’s awareness and players’ loyalty, enabling us to continue our steady steps towards becoming an internationally recognized poker game competition brand.”

China Bans Online Poker

The poker ban will require all apps offering any form of social poker to be shut down and removed from app stores by 1st June, according to Chinese media reports. Online gaming giant Tencent has already taken down their World Series of Poker app. Ourgame, which owns the World Poker Tour, has also promised to modify their products and abide by the new regulations.

They released a statement saying, “This not only plays an important role in the creation of social, cultural and economic values, it also acts as a bridge between China and the world’s intellectual sports. Ourgame will continue to introduce and hold more top-level intellectual sports events and promote the global spread of chess and card culture.”

Spartan deposit slim - May 2020

The legal framework of China’s ban on the game of poker is not revealed as yet, but you can get all updates on this story on GutshotMagazine.com!


Tagged : 


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Dangal box

Top 10 Poker Rooms

  • Calling Station
    Calling Station

    Instant withdrawal; Use “RELOAD20” on deposits for 20% locked bonus
    Offer: "GUTSHT" Register

  • 9stacks

    Instant withdrawal; 100% locked bonus on first deposit
    Offer: "9GUTSHOT Register

  • PokerSaint

    60-seconds withdrawal; 100% locked bonus on first deposit
    Offer: "GUT100" Register

  • Poker Dangal
    Poker Dangal

    INR 500 Free on sign-up; (120 Locked, 330 Ticket, 50 Instant)
    Offer: 150% on first deposit up to INR 5,000 Register

  • Natural8

    Sign-up code "GUTSHOT"
    Offer: Up to $100 free tickets Register

  • Spartan Poker
    Spartan Poker

    Sign-up with "GUTSHOT"
    Offer: "GUT300X" to get 300% on your deposit Register

  • PokerStellar

    INR 500 Free on KYC verification; 280 Instant Bonus + 220 Ticket
    Offer: 150% Locked and 20% Instant Bonus on first deposit Register

  • GGpoker

    Sign-up with code "GUTSHOT"
    Offer: Welcome Bonus - 100% upto $600 Register

  • FTR 2.0
    FTR 2.0

    Sign-up with "GSFTR"
    Offer: 100% Bonus on deposit with "WC2500" Register

  • Gotham City Poker
    Gotham City Poker

    $10 FREE on signing up!
    Offer: "GUTSHOT" Register

BSU box banner

Want to share your thoughts about poker?

Then click the button to submit your article.

Facebook + Follow

Instagram + Follow

Spartan The Big Xchange

Spartan The Big Xchange