The legal status of gambling and poker in Malaysia is—as in many neighbouring countries—quite unique. As a Muslim country, Malaysia obeys a very specific set of laws.
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Since 2009, numerous foreigners have been coming to the Pearl of the Indian Ocean for sightseeing and tourism. In 2010, gambling became officially legalized, aiming, in particular, at casino-starved Chinese and Indians.
According to a British gambling consultancy, Singaporeans are the second biggest gamblers in the whole world and this is despite very strict laws against gambling in the country.
Poker has boomed in the Philippines especially with PokerStars & Poker King Club making Manila its new home. A greater influx of international poker players are coming in to attend tournaments like the APPT, the Asian Poker Tour (APT) and the World Poker Tour (WPT).