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A Texas Hold’Em event subjected to investigation - China

The game of poker is a popular activity in China. While poker tournament operation is legal in Hong Kong and in some provinces, gambling on poker and all the other forms of betting remain illegal on the Chinese mainland. A police investigation is now underway following a suspected holding of a texas hold'em event, a variant of poker, in Jiangsu province, in the eastern part of the country. After receiving information about the running of the event, the police carried out a raid last Friday in the place and eventually suspended the game. As a reminder, this texam hold’em event was tagged 3,000 yuan as an entry-fee, attracting more than 1,000 entrants. This massive field did reportedly generate about 8 million yuan of prize pool, and that, thanks to its re-entry formula that allowed all prematurely eliminated players to get back into the game as many times as they wanted.



According to the Head of the Chess and Card Games Division, Guo Yujun, operating competition alike is illegal. He added that the organizers of this event were not given the go-ahead from China’s sports governing authority and the General Administration of Sport of China. Albeit popular, Texas Hold'Em is gains no legal status as other official competitive sports in Chinese mainland. Chinese celebrities, including Wang Feng, the fiancé of Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi, 2008 Olympic shooting gold medalist Qiu Jian and 2004 Olympic table tennis gold medalist Chen Qi were said to part take in the game.

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