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   Saturday, April 20 2024 
Taiwan: New debate on poker legislation

Unlike Macau and the Philippines, legislation about poker is very strict in Taiwan. This week, poker made again the headlines of newspapers in this island of East Asia after that a politician has given a favorable opinion on this card game the most played in the world through online poker rooms and live tournament. Indeed, the Minister Yang Chiu-hsing had suggested during a ministerial meeting a new definition of poker as an "intellectual competition". This proposal feeds the possibility for organizing poker tournament in Taiwan.

But Taiwan's gambling laws are so strict and the approval of this suggestion of Mr. Chiu-hsing is not sure. And that is why Taiwan is not part of the new promised land of poker as it is currently the case for the Philippines and Macau. At this reunion, the Minister Yang Chiu-hsing encourages legislators to reconsider poker tournament and to make a distinction with other forms of gambling available in the country. The hosting of poker events having international level but also national event will enable the country to keep its players who tend to leave the island to play in neighboring countries which became new destinations of poker in the world. If Taiwan adopts a new legislation about poker, it will probably boost its tourism industry. According to analysts, the holding of these poker events will bring about $ 1.5 million to the sector.

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