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The movie that will start the poker boom in China

Tags: china, johnny chan, movie, poker, poker king, rounders.
Posted on 14 August 2009 by "T".

The poker boom is still to occur in China. Many betting companies have tried to get into the Chinese gambling market, and also tried to get a poker boom going like it did in the rest of the world a few years ago. But so far not with such a great success. So what is preventing poker to grow in China? First off, China is not officially open to online poker sites, and the current laws are unclear as to the punishments or reprimand that face players and providers of online gaming. Another reason is the deposit options.

Many Chinese banks and credit card companies will not allow direct deposits to online gaming companies, and the ones that allow them to deposit usually charges big fees. To this date, Neteller, and other popular online payment services do not accept transfers from Chinese citizens. There you have the 2 of the main reasons why the poker boom in China still hasn't occured. So, what can start the poker boom in China when so many things are preventing people there from playing? A poker movie is maybe the answer?!

Poker King - The movie that hopefully will start the poker boom in China
In order to get the interest up for poker in China, and also hopefully change the laws in the future, Chan Hing-Kai, is about to make the biggest poker movie ever - "Poker King". Poker King is going to be a big production with no one less than Johnny Chan (10 WSOP bracelets) in it, but also other famous poker players from China. The movie will be about two poker rivals who both are aiming for the WSOP title, and according to Johnny Chan, the movie has great potential to become even bigger than Rounders (poker movie).

"Say there are over one billion Chinese speaking people in the world. Now compare that to the United States and their 300 million people. You can see that this could be huge. Rounders gave poker a new lease of life in the West. I think this movie could kick start a new poker boom in Asia."

It's hard to disagree with what Chan says, especially since he was one of the persons behind Rounders and its huge success.

"I had a fantastic time when we recorded Rounders. I spent a lot of time behind the camera and taught Matt Damon, John Malkovich, and Edward Norton to play poker. I also starred in the moive myself, and thanks to that I got recognized outside the poker circles."


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17 comments on "The movie that will start the poker boom in China"

 PokerJosh14/08/2009 11:19:36 GMT
Rounders was great, hopefully we get to see a movie which isn't only for the eastern market, but also worth viewing for us in the west.
 fochizza14/08/2009 12:00:31 GMT
Bring on the chinese fishes! Big Smile
 mattel14/08/2009 12:25:24 GMT
Bring on the King Prawn fool yungs Tongue
 Whiskerer14/08/2009 12:45:57 GMT
Lol, while there might be some chinese fishes i doubt they will outweigh the amount of grinders to be honest.
 schmoyster14/08/2009 13:37:39 GMT
Mmmm, may be I should open an online poker room for Chinese. When the boom starts get them all registered there. All 1 billion +. Will easily surpass Poker Stars in players' traffic.
 ChoonT14/08/2009 14:17:39 GMT
yeah let them spill Blink
want to se all of them going to las vegas after this movie armed with digicams and pokerchips Blink

but i remember a chinsese player at stars, with an enourmous roi mainly on the 1$ DoN ^^ would say he´s a grinder but take a look
 lazylt14/08/2009 14:41:50 GMT
Yea, cool ;]
 Phospate2214/08/2009 17:02:21 GMT
What the fu.k is this :O?
 shokaku14/08/2009 18:21:28 GMT
Posted by fochizza:
Bring on the chinese fishes! Big Smile

Some rooms have allready players from China. Maybe from Hongkong or Macao?
 Flangel14/08/2009 19:45:54 GMT
HongKong etc idd
I know a few players from there.

=>>>> Chinese Poker FTW, its a while I played it tho
Speaking of the sickest game in the world
 Fakiry14/08/2009 19:53:38 GMT
This poker movie can work as a way to estimulate chinese players to go for it and try poker, which is a very dangerous thing. You have got to remember chinese culture is made of extreme behaviour, which means that if this boom happens, in a few years we will see a lot of chinese poker pros that noone can read and winning big, go for me...
 shokaku14/08/2009 19:56:15 GMT
Posted by Flangel:
=>>>> Chinese Poker FTW, its a while I played it tho
Speaking of the sickest game in the world

Yep. It is a sick game. Smile
 capinheiro14/08/2009 23:40:32 GMT
If they're into poker has they are into Majhong... things will change in poker!!!
 SuperNoob15/08/2009 11:05:08 GMT
a chinese poker may be the thing that will promote poker in china, if somehow their government relaxes the laws, it will be good for the poker players there and for poker community.
 RaulDuke16/08/2009 10:47:16 GMT
I thought there was already a poker playing boom in Asia?
You see many good Asian poker players budding.
Anyway the more the merrier Smile
Gl asian of the world
 humorboy16/08/2009 14:02:28 GMT
they should hire Chow Yun Fatt as God of Gambler VS Jonny Chan Big Smile
 tarock200918/08/2009 10:00:14 GMT
1 billion fishes Smile yes oben up this market lol

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