Tuesday September 11, 2018 at 5:47 pm

Poker is a not a competitive sport or mind sport in China. As a result, many popular poker sites and apps are being shut down by Chinese authorities. Tencent Gaming will be shutting down their popular poker app, Everyday Hold'em, on September 25. Players will be compensated by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

Tencentpoker

Say goodbye to poker apps in China. Tencent Gaming, one of the most successful gaming companies in the world and the creator of PUBG, announced the are shutting down their Texas hold'em poker app on September 25. Everyday Hold'em, a popular poker app in Asia, will not longer be available in two weeks.

According to Reuters, "Tencent Holdings will shut a popular Texas hold'em poker video game, the Chinese tech giant said to its users on Monday, in a further step to comply with intensifying government scrutiny hitting the country's gaming industry."

Poker is not considered a game of skill according to Chinese authorities inside the Ministry of Culture and Tourism (which sounds like a fictious authoritarian governing body out of a Philip K. Dick dystopian sci-fi novel). The powers to be lumped poker in the same grouping as other gambling ventures. As a result, there's been a wide crackdown on poker across the board including live venues, websites, and apps.

Tencent conceded the poker app, but many other of their games and titles have come under ridiculous scrutiny including one of the most popular survival games in the world, PlayerUnknowns Battle Grounds (a.k.a PUBG).

According to reports, PUB was altered because the battle royal game "severely deviated from socialist core values."

The company took a $20 billion hit last month when stocks plunged on news of the crackdown in PUBG. The news coincided with the rise of rival game Fortnite, which achieved meteoric rise as the game because a huge hit in North America, South America, and Europe.

Tencent is a tech giant based out of Shenzhen. Tencent started out as video game company, but they made a lucrative pivot into social media. Tencent is the mastermind behind WeChat, one of the biggest social media networks in Asia with over 1 billion users. WeChat generated $34 billion (USD) in revenue last year.

Poker is considered gambling according to Chinese authorities. And gambling is illegal in China. Gambling is only legal in Macau, but Chinese authorities were not shy about cracking down on rampant corruption in Macau. Intervention from the powerful government entities caused gaming stocks to plummet in the U.S. stock market. There's been a cycle that happens every few years, but Macau eventually recovers from the crackdown.

PUBGsanhok

In late 2014, President Jinping was on an anti-corruption bent and he focused on the tigers and flies in Macau. The Ministry of Public Security cracked down on banks and made it harder for money to flow to/from Macau to mainland China and elsewhere.

In 2015, there was a bigger crackdown to thwart money laundering and other illegal-cross border financial transactions.

The high roller scene and junkets took a huge hit a couple of years ago before slowly returning to business as usual.

In June of this year, China unleashed another crackdown to control the money flow in/out of Macau. In that instance, they removed cash-back machines that were popular inside casinos and pawn shops.

The inevitable shutdown of gaming apps, especially poker, was expected… but not before September. In other gaming news, Tencent is preparing a major update for PUBG mobile users. This highly-anticipated mobile app update includes their launch of a new map, Sanhok. PUBG released its third map on PC and Xbox earlier this year. At a major gaming conference last month, Tencent also teased a fourth map that features cold weather climate, snow, and ice.

Latest news
Friday November 16, 2018 at 4:50 pm
Steffen Sontheimer wins Super High Roller Championship for $3,685,000

The 2018 Caribbean Poker Party is winding down at Baha Mar Resort and the Super High Roller Championships are in the books. The $250,000 buy-in affair attracted 34 of the biggest and baddest SHR gurus, but German pro Steffen Sontheimer was the last player standing. Sontheimer banked $3,685,000 for first place. American pro Sean Winter had another runner-up finish in the Bahamas.

Thursday November 15, 2018 at 8:24 am
Steffen Sontheimer and David Peters lead $250K SHR Championship final table

Crunch time in the Bahamas for the partypoker 2018 Caribbean Poker Party. The $250,000 Super High Roller Championships is down to six players and the final table stream will resume at 1pm local time in the Bahamas. Steffen Sontheimer and David Peters are the two big stacks, while Ike Haxton, Sean Winter, Nick Petrangelo, and Mikita Badziakouski are still left in the hunt. First place pays approximately $3.7 million. Also, the $5,300 buy-in Main Event concluded Day 2B and only 123 players remain out of 1,815 entrants. Senthuran Vijayaratnam is the chip leader and Jason Koon is second overall.

Wednesday November 14, 2018 at 10:08 pm
Roger Teska wins partypoker Caribbean Poker Party MILLIONS World for $2 million

Down in the Bahamas, partypoker has been hosting the 2018 Caribbean Poker Party. The $25,500 MILLIONS World event was part of this year's festivites. American cash game specialist Roger Teska outlasted 394 players to win $2,000,000. Teska defeated Steve O'Dwyer heads-up for the title and outlasted a final table that also included Paul Tedeschi, Ben Tollerene, Rainer Kempe, Niall Farrell and Joao Vieira.

Tuesday November 13, 2018 at 7:12 pm
Giuseppe Iadisernia wins partypoker 2018 Caribbean Poker Party $50,000 Super High Roller for $845K

There's a partypoker Caribbean Poker Party going down right now. The $50,000 Super High Roller at the Baha Mar in the Bahamas attracted 54 runners. Giuseppe Iadisernia outlasted a tough final table that included Ali Imsirovic, Benjamin Pollak, Sean Winter, Sorel Mizzi, Talal Shakerchi, and Markus Prinz to win $845K.

Friday November 9, 2018 at 6:25 pm
PokerStars VR has gone line

It's finally arrived. The future of poker is here. PokerStars VR has gone live. The combination of live poker and online poker in the virtual reality world is finally a reality. PokerStars VR is up and running.

Wednesday November 7, 2018 at 6:50 pm
FUN
PokerStars introduces Fusion, a mixture of Omaha and Hold'em

Another day, another new game by PokerStars. This week the interwebs are buzzing about Fusion Poker, the latest derivative of poker created by PokerStars. Fusion Poker is a pot-limit cash game that starts out like Texas Hold'em, however, players are dealt a third card on the flop and a fourth hole card on the turn as the game morphs into Omaha. Fusion starts out as PLH and becomes PLO by the river. Fusion is currently available on PokerStars.

Tuesday November 6, 2018 at 7:15 pm
Jack Sinclair Wins 2018 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event for €1.1 Million

The 2018 World Series of Poker Europe finished off their tenth and final event for the series at the luxurious King's Casino in RozVegas. British pro Jack Sinclair outlasted 532 runners to win the WSOPE Main Event for a €1.1 million score. Sinclair, who final tabled the 2017 WSOP Main Event and finished in eighth place, won his first bracelet.

Sunday October 28, 2018 at 10:44 pm
Breaking News
WSOP Europe: Martin Kabrhel wins €100,000 King's Super High Roller for €2.6 million

Martin Kabrhel won his second bracelet at the WSOP Europe when he took down Event #9 €100,000 King's Super High Roller at the King's Casino in RozVegas. Kabrhel outlasted one of the most difficult final tables in recent memory with five bracelet winners, including Michael Addamo, who won Event #9 €25K SHR two days earlier. Kabrhel defeated David Peters heads-up for the win. Kabrhel banked €2.6 million for the win.

Saturday October 27, 2018 at 6:00 pm
Chris Moneymaker and the Poker Boom on the 30 for 30 Podcast

ESPN released a new episode of their 30 for 30 podcast. This documentary series by ESPN focuses on the oral history of Chris Moneymaker and the 2003 World Series of Poker, which help fueled the poker boom. Several high-profile figures participated in the episode including Chris Moneymaker, Johnny Chan, Phil Hellmuth, tournament director Matt Savage, former WSOP media director Nolan Dalla, TV producer Matt Maranz, and Norman Chad.

Friday October 26, 2018 at 5:30 pm
SECOOP Begins October 28 for players in Spain, Portugal, and France

Get ready Southern Europe. SECOOP is coming! The first-ever 2018 Southern Europe Championship of Poker starts on October 28, There will be a total of 149 events running from October 28 through November 12. There's at least 5 million in guaranteed prize pools with three Platinum Passes up for grabs. The Main Event starts on November 11. It has a modest €250 buy-in and €1 million guaranteed prize pool.

Friday October 26, 2018 at 5:15 am
WSOP Europe: Aussie Michael Addamo wins second bracelet in Event #8 €25,500 Super High Roller

They played all night but the eighth bracelet event is in the books at the 2018 WSOP Europe in RozVegas. Michael Addamo, a pro from Melbourne, Australia, won the Marathon bracelet this summer in Las Vegas. He won his second-career bracelet after he outlasted a treacherous final table at the King's Casino that included Mikita Badziakouski, Dominik Nitsche, Manig Loeser, Winfred Yu, and James Romero. First place in the Event #8 €25,500 Super High Roller paid out €848,702. Addamo has now passed $3 million in career earnings. Mikita Badziakouski finished in fourth place.

Thursday October 25, 2018 at 12:04 am
 WSOP Europe: Anson Tsang wins Event #7 €2,200 PLO

Another first-time winner at the King's Casino in RozVegas! Anson Tsang from Hong Kong cashed in his third WSOP Europe event and took down Event #7 €2,200 PLO. Tsang beat Ilya Bulychev heads up for the bracelet and a score worth €91,730. WSOP POY leader Shaun Deeb multiabled his final table run in Event #6 Mixed and this event, which he cashed in 20th place.

Tuesday October 23, 2018 at 9:46 pm
HOT !
WSOP Europe: Norbert Szecsi wins second bracelet with win in Event #6 Mixed

The World Series of Poker Europe crowded another repeat bracelet winner. Hungary's Norbert Szecsi previously won a bracelet at the 2013 WSOP for a $345K score. At the King's Casino in RozVegas, Norbert Szecsi took down WSOP Event #6 €1,650 Mixed PLO/NLHE. Szecsi denied Shaun Deeb his third bracelet of 2018 when he knocked Deeb out in second place. Szecsi won €86,596 or a shade under $100K USD for the victory.

Saturday October 20, 2018 at 5:48 pm
partypoker ONLINE Millions starts November 25

Set your calendars for November 25. That's the start of the partypoker's MILLIONS Online. The $5,200 buy-in Main Event in the MILLIONS Online will have a $20 million guarantee with $2.5 million set aside to the champion. Last year's winner, Jon 'apestyles' Van Fleet, binked the MILLIONS Online for a $1 million payday. partypoker is offering different ways to get into the MILLIONS Online at affordable price points through Feeder Satellites, currently running and starting as low as $0.01.

Friday October 19, 2018 at 12:38 am
WSOP Europe: Hanh Tran wins Event #3 PLO, Second bracelet in 2018

Hanh Tran, a cash-game specialist from Austria, joined a special club of poker players who shipped bracelets at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas and the WSOP Europe. During the summer Tran won a Lowball bracelet. At the King's Casino in RozVegas, Tran won Event #3 €550 PLO for a score worth €59,625. French pro Romain Lewis took third place and final tabled his fourth WSOP event of the year.

Wednesday October 17, 2018 at 12:42 am
Breaking News
WSOPE: Asi Moshe wins second bracelet with win in Event #2 Deep Stack

Back-to-back bracelets for Israel at the King's Casino in RozVegas. The second event of the WSOP Europe was a €1,650 buy-in NL Deep Stack affair. Asi Moshe faded a field of 221 to win €82K and his second-career bracelet. Tamir Segal from Israel won Event #1 Colossus the previous night. Meanwhile, Shaun Deeb padded his Player of the Year lead when he finished in 11th place.

Free tournaments and added prizes

The Club Poker organizes freerolls and special tournaments with added prizes.
To qualify for free, register on our poker partners websites:

Tournaments Club Poker
6-MAX
$2.20
Big Poker League
Wednesday November 21, 2018 at 8:04 pm
$125 added
6-MAX
$2.20
Big Poker League
Wednesday November 28, 2018 at 8:04 pm
$125 added
6-MAX
$2.20
Big Poker League
Wednesday December 5, 2018 at 8:04 pm
$125 added
6-MAX
$2.20
Big Poker League
Wednesday December 12, 2018 at 8:04 pm
$125 added
6-MAX
$2.20
Big Poker League
Wednesday December 19, 2018 at 8:04 pm
$125 added