Poker in China

Although poker cash games are illegal in the country, operators and organizers have been innovative in their offerings of poker tournaments to address the growing population of poker players in the country.  It is not unheard of to find legal poker rooms in Beijing or Shanghai running tournaments that offer goods that can be converted to cash as prizes.

And because of this strategy, China has been able to hold some of the biggest tournaments in the region.  Becoming quite popular as a poker destination is the island of Sanya, a beach paradise found in the southernmost part of the Hainan province. Due to its tropical weather, Sanya has been the venue of most of the poker tournaments held in China. It has hosted tournaments like the WPT, APT and the China Poker Games Event. Tournaments like this also bolster tourism for Sanya which China is promoting as a tourist destination.

Full Report:  An In-depth look at the Chinese Poker Scene


Online Poker: Illegal

  Live Poker: Legal Poker Clubs

  Casinos with Poker:

Beijing Poker Club


– Casinos & Poker Rooms in China –


Established in 2012, Beijing Poker Club is the longest running legal poker room in Mainland China. BPC only offers tournaments with Multi-Table tournament (MTT) formats and Sit n’ Gos (SNG). Read More …

– Playing Live Poker in China –

   Live Poker Legislation in China

Gambling in China is absolutely illegal. This has been reinforced by President Xi Jinping in 2014 when he declared war on gambling which has affected the whole of the mainland as well as its SARs like Macau & Hong Kong.

However, as gambling is in the culture of the Chinese, locals have found means and ways to be able to gamble without having to violate the law.  This especially holds true for the game of poker.

  Live Poker Venues in China

Foreigners and chinese are allowed to enter in legal poker clubs which are few in China.

Because of the government’s strict rules on gambling, numerous unauthorized games do happen but farther away from the metropolis and far from the eagle eyes of the police.  It is said that the more luscious games have moved to Changsa in the Hunan province.  The games there are said to be so profitable that it has been named “Little Macau.”  But the risks of getting caught in an illegal game are high in China with the penalty of grave fines and imprisonment.

– Playing Online Poker in China –

  Online Poker Legislation in China

Online gambling is also illegal in China, making online poker games essentially dead in the country. Despite this, players have found ways and means to play online. And online operators are becoming more innovative in their offerings by not having “real money” transactions but instead use alternatives that can be converted to cash.

Average Internet quality with foreign websites due to greatwall firewall. A VPN is recommended to access to all major poker sites.

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