Playing Poker abroad

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Taking into consideration that the UK is probably the most advanced and abundant online gambling market in the world, it can be hard when you move abroad and try to play Online Poker.

It's quite confusing. There are countries that have left this industry unregulated like Australia, others have totally banned the industry like the US (except Nevada and New Jersey at this moment) and only a few countries have regulated their market like France, Spain, Italy and Belgium).

You will find all information about Online Poker Legislation here, instructions how to get along abroad and at the end of the article is a table listing important Online Poker rooms available around the world.

If you are looking for a simple solution to this problem, Pokerstars offers a wide variety of games and tournaments to play. The website is easily accessible from most other countries abroad. Well known for its big community of players and a great variety of tournaments to choose from:

Play Poker abroad on Pokerstars >>

 

Advantages of playing from abroad

As long as Online Gambling is not banned in the country where you are staying, you will be able to benefit from the same advantages than local UK players :

  • Make use of special promotions and great bonuses
  • Play exclusive UK tournaments
  • Participate in the qualifiers for the WSOP

Plus you can profit of the new providers located in the country you are staying. If you want to bet from abroad, you can read more here about it.

Already created an account in the UK?

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If the account was created in the UK with an address and bank account of the United Kingdom you are still able to play from anywhere else in the world.

Again given the fact that the laws of the country allow online gambling.

You can play:

  • on vacations
  • while living abroad

An example: An Indian student that used to live in London, has created his account there. Even though he has now moved to Poland he is still able to play on the UK website, using a VPN.

Need an address in the UK?

In case you are already living abroad and are not registered to an address in the UK anymore it can be quite difficult. But there are possibilities to get a registered address.

Here you will find some information of how to get and make use of a UK address for Internet purposes.

Legislation of Online Poker

With the introduction of the internet a lot has changed. Suddenly billions of people around the world are connected. Hundreds of different countries are able to work and play together but are actually located in different legal zones. That's why it is quite confusing to understand where you are able to play Online Poker legally. On www.betminded.com we will try to give you a better understanding of the legal aspect of Online Gaming.

In countries around the world Online Poker is either:

  1. Banned 
  2. Not regulated
  3. Legalized and taxed
  4. Legalized, taxed and regulated

Banned Online Gambling

Some countries have gone so far to ban online gambling. But it is actually not that easy to observe the law because most of the online poker rooms operate from abroad.

The most absurd example is the US where Online Gambling is actually forbidden* on the one side but on the other side it's actually the largest Online Poker market in the world.

*UPDATE: in some states in the US it is not illegal anymore

It is also banned in China, Israel and Russia.

Not regulated Online Poker Markets

Most of the countries around the world are actually not regulated. The government has just not done anything in favour or against this issue yet.

One of the most interesting countries that haven't addressed the Online Poker industry yet are  Australia, Brazil, Germany and New Zealand.

Legalized and taxed Online Poker Markets

Since it is quite hard to control the Online Poker market the easiest way to handle this situation is to legalize and tax the industry.

Especially here in the UK, one of the biggest Online Gaming markets in the world.

Legalized, taxed and regulated Online Poker Markets

There are quite a few countries that have regulated their Online Poker Markets like France, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Belgium and Estonia. This means that players are only able to play with other locals and are cut of from the rest of the world. Like this it is also not possible to play for example from Italy on a UK Poker website. The only thing you could do is sign up for the Italian version of the same pokernetwork, but again, you will only be playing against other Italians. Like this the Poker industry is perfectly controlled.

Here you will find a detailled report of the European Regulated Online markets.

Change IP address

It is also well-known that changing your IP address is a way to get access to all the poker rooms in certain locations. Like this it's possible to get access to websites as if you were in the UK.

Poker Tournaments Abroad

In case you are interested in playing Offline Poker abroad here is a list with the most famous Live Poker Tournaments.

  • “World Series of Poker”  WSOP – Held annually in Las Vegas- Buy-in range from $1,500 to $50,000- Winner of the WSOP = World Champion of Poker
  • World Poker Tour” – WPT – Buy-in range from $2,500-$25,000
  • World Series of Poker Europe” – WSOPE
  • “European Poker Tour” – EPT
  • “Aussi Millions”
  • “Latin American Poker Tour”

Poker Networks inside and outside the UK

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Most providers do not have their own Poker software, they actually work together in a network. They share the same tables and pool of players. So it might be possible that you have signed up for Bet365 in the UK but will play against people from abroad that are registered on William Hill Poker. So it is actually not that important from where you play because the pool of players is mixed anyway.

As follows you will find a list of the biggest Poker networks:

1) Party Poker Network

Empire, Bwin.com, PartyPoker, Zynga Poker

2) iPoker Network:

Bet365, Everest, MyBet , Poker 770, William Hill

3) Microgaming Poker Network

Betsafe, Betsson, Betway, Stan James, Unibet

4) OnGame Network

Betfair, Betsafe, Betsson, Sportingbet, Unibet

Biggest Independet Poker rooms

Pokerstars and Full Tilt Poker are the biggest independant Poker rooms worldwide. Both providers have a huge community of players around the world, an excellent software and great player traffic.

UK Poker Rooms abroad: Detailed List of all countries around the world

All in all the good thing is that more countries are working towards regulation and online poker legislation. In our opinion that also makes a lot more sense than just trying to ban Online Poker.

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  1. Tom

    How recent is this article?

    I have tried to play with my partypoker account in afghanistan and the pop-up tells me it’s illegal to play cash games online.


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