In a country where gaming is only allowed to foreign passport holders, the game of poker, which has only been popular in Vietnam recently, has had an uphill climb to finding its niche in the market. However, the strong passion for the mind sport seems to be what’s keeping the game from totally disappearing from Vietnamese shores.
Online Poker: N/A
Live Poker: No Cash Game in most venues
Casinos with Poker:
The one and only Poker Room in Vietnam with Cash Games, located in the beautiful city of Nha Trang ! Nha Trang Poker Club is open every day for both locals and foreigners. Read More …
– Casinos & Poker Rooms in Vietnam –
The Loyal Poker Club Hanoi offers tournaments with the following formats: Deepstack, Turbo, Hyper-Turbo, and Terminator. They also hold satellites for major events held in Macau and Manila. Read More …
The Pro Poker Club in Ho Chi Minh City provides 16 gaming tables with the following tournaments : Saturday Bounty, Sunday Million and others throughout the week. Read More …
Win Poker Club Danang is not allowed to hold cash games in the premises but local citizens of Vietnam & foreigners are allowed to join its daily tournaments. Read More …
Win Poker Hanoi is not allowed to hold cash games in the premises but local citizens of Vietnam & foreigners are allowed to join its daily tournaments. Read More …
– Playing Live Poker in Vietnam –
Live Poker Legislation in Vietnam
Live Poker Venues in Vietnam
You can now find live Poker in Poker Rooms & Clubs throughout the country, but mostly in tournament forms. Cash Games are available in Nha Trang.
– Playing Online Poker in Vietnam –
Online Poker Legislation in Vietnam
Access to all major poker sites.
Restriction for deposits from local banks or with local credit card.
Recommended Online Poker Websites
– More about Poker in Vietnam –
Gaming had always been in the bloodstream of the Vietnamese but the love for poker started with the “Việt Kiều”, Vietnamese who fled the country after the fall of Saigon in the 70s. A lot of the “Việt Kiều” settled in the West Coast of the US and got exposed to game. It was love at first sight and this love had resulted in some of the best players of poker in the world like Scotty Nguyen, Men “The Master” Nguyen, J.C. Tran, and Nam Le just to name a few.
After the Doi Moi, which were economic reforms made during the 80s, some of these poker playing Việt Kiều returned home and brought their knowledge of the game with them. But with Gambling laws still being stringent on the locals, only 2 casinos offered the game of poker, and only with electronic tables which took out the social and psychological strategy of the game.
The Grand Ho Tram Strip
A breakthrough happened when The Grand Ho Tram Strip, in cooperation with the World Gaming Group (WGG), opened a poker room which offered cash games with starting limits of $1/$2. Local poker players became more hopeful when, in May 2015, the Asian Poker Tour (APT) brought their brand to the country and held a tournament for both locals and foreigners. For the first time, the community enjoyed and played in an international poker circuit. But all hopes for a budding poker scene were dashed when The Grand Ho Tram Strip ended their agreement with WGG resulting in the cancellation of the 2nd APT Vietnam supposed to be held on November 2015. To make matters worse, New World Hotel had stopped its electronic poker tables making poker almost non-existent in the country.
That is until July 2016 when Aces Poker Club, the very first brick & mortar poker room, in the country opened its doors. Like a breath of fresh air, the Vietnamese poker community had once again been revived.
This time, their future seems brighter and with the recent news of Poker King Club announcing its imminent arrival to the beaches of Vietnam, poker players have something to look forward to in this part of the peninsula.
Article by Gabrielle Ruiz-Barredo