So you’re now living in Bangkok and are craving for a game of texas hold em’… Don’t worry; you’re not the only one! There’s Not much Poker in Asia but hopefully the following will help you find your poker fix.
I’ve been a keen poker player for around 8 years and one of the things I miss most from home is sitting round a table with some friends playing one of the best skilled based games in the world: Poker.
As gambling is illegal in Thailand, the poker circuits that are here are very risky to play or get involved in. I know of circuits in Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket but you’ll need to find these out yourself :) But be warned, if you were to get caught, you’d better have a lot of tea money or you’d find yourself inside a small dingy room with a few nut-cases for a while.
The big poker sites do work here in Thailand, but it’s worth remembering to register your account in your home country as the last thing you want is for your poker provider to deny your winnings due to being located here (I’m not sure they would do that, but it’s not worth the biscuit is it?)
So, let’s talk about where you can play poker legally in Asia… your best bet (no pun intended) if you are based in Thailand is to head over to Macau.
You have the Poker Stars poker room located in the Grand Waldo Casino that offer both cash games and tournaments. I hear the surroundings and service, as you’d expect from Poker Stars management, is very good.
[The Poker Stars Room have been moved to the Grand Lisboa Casino]
You also have the option to play texas hold ‘em in The Grand Lisboa Casino (no link, I couldn’t find the web site) that has cash games 24 hours per day (minimum buy-in is 100KKD).
The Wynn Casnio also has texas hold ‘em games around the clock with minimum buy ins of 500 HKD
Air Asia fly to Macau direct from Bangkok at very reasonable fairs (from 1,000฿) making Macau the most viable option to get a few hands in from Bangkok.
Although poker is illegal in Japan, there are many home based games in Tokyo which are advertised on Japan Poker League (which is sadly only available in Japanese)
If you find yourself in South Korea, you may want to check out the Walker Hill Casino for Hold ‘em.
If you are a high roller, you’ll find the following poker tournaments that operate throughout Asia of interest:
There you have it, a complete round up of Poker in Asia (to the best of my knowledge)… as you can see, there’s very little action in Asia but I’m pretty sure this will change over the next few years. I’ve got a trip planned to Macau as soon as I’m able to take some time off work so I’ll write an in-depth guide then.
Have I missed any out? If so, please leave them in the comments. Thanks.
UPDATE: I visited Macau and played at the Wynn – Was great. You can read about my experience here.
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