Who wants to play online poker can do this on the computer, on the tablet or on his or her mobile phone. If you want to play poker on your smartphone, you download a poker app. This is not only the case in the Netherlands, but also in the United States, China and many other countries. Still, there is likely to be a lot of changes in online poker in China. The Chinese government wants to prohibit the Google Play Store, the Apple App Store and various other application sales platforms to offer online poker apps.
No more poker apps in China
In China there are many strict rules regarding gambling. One of the few ways in which the Chinese could take a gamble undisturbed and without problems was by downloading an online poker app. Now this is also changing. As part of the strict gambling rules in China, the Chinese government has now decided to do something about the many online poker apps that you can download in the various app stores. These may simply no longer be offered.
In addition, social platforms such as WeChat and Weibo are no longer allowed to show poker app advertisements. In short, strict rules are introduced that make playing online poker on a poker app virtually impossible.
Major consequences for online poker companies
The companies that have launched online poker apps over the years face major problems. Now that their apps can no longer be offered in the various major app stores, they simply cannot be downloaded anymore. This means that the various companies will lose a large part of their profit to the new rules of the Chinese government. Perhaps some apps are being offered illegally, but this will not save the various online poker companies. They brace themselves for financially very difficult times.
It is not known when the ban will be implemented. It is clear that the plan will continue officially. The companies that offer poker apps in China will therefore have to come up with a good plan in the short term to save themselves from collapse.