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Asian poker apps late 2019 review: are they still worth it?

In May 2019, Worldpokerdeals decided to stop working with the flagship Asian poker app completely, PokerMaster, just a few weeks before the Chinese government blocked about 300 bank accounts. But, online poker in China is far to be death, and in this article, we share an overview of the current industry status.

Asian poker apps late 2019 review: are they still worth it?

A brief history of Asian poker apps

In 2017 PokerMaster became known by European and American players as an underground poker room where high stakes games were being played with wealthy amateurs. This resulted in a massive boom with global regs looking for a spot in the so-called "Asian poker apps."

With PokerMaster almost paralyzed after some anti-gambling operations carried by the Chinese government and even lawsuits filed against owners, many players suddenly had nowhere to go. Of course, PokerMaster isn't the only Asian poker app on the market, and several sites keep operating, adapting every day to the new requirements of players.

Asian poker apps overview in late 2019

 

In late 2019 Worldpokerdeals grant access to 5 Asian poker apps:

Red Dragon Poker

Red Dragon Poker kicked out overseas players in mid-2019 and re-opened its doors last month under new rules:

  • VPNs are strictly prohibited and using it can lead to an account ban;
  • A new currency is being used (16.66 Red Dragon Coin (RDC) = 1 CNY);
  • Overseas players are officially accepted.

Red Dragon Poker is backed and supervised by PokerStars; thus, we consider the reliability of the room is high.

  • Stakes: Up to NL350
  • Deposit and withdrawal methods: Skrill, Neteller, ecoPayz, BTC;
  • Rake: 5%;
  • Tracking software: Yes, via hand converter;

Red Dragon Poker logo
Red Dragon Poker
Independent
Asian mobile platform Bitcoins accepted
Deposit bonus n/a
Rakeback n/a

Panda Poker

Panda Poker belongs to the Chinese poker network 1PokerStars and has over two years of experience on the market. It charges the lowest rake, and as all tracking software is prohibited, the games are still extremely weak.

  • Stakes: Up to NL2000
  • Deposit and withdrawal methods: Skrill, Neteller, ecoPayz, BTC;
  • Rake: 3%;
  • Tracking software: Yes, via hand converter;

Panda Poker logo
Panda Poker
1Pokerstars network
Asian mobile platform

Bingo Poker (HiTea)

Bingo Poker is perhaps the oldest alternative to PokerMaster that still uses the independent clubs scheme. Bingo has rebranded many times (HiTea, HiPoker, OhPoker, Thirteen Poker), and it has kept its players' pool for a few years now.

  • Stakes: Up to NL600
  • Deposit and withdrawal methods: Skrill, Neteller, ecoPayz, BTC;
  • Rake: 5%;
  • Tracking software: Yes, via hand converter;

Bingo! logo
Bingo!
Independent
Asian mobile platform
Rakeback -
converter

FirePoker (PokerCommunity)

FirePoker was launched to the market when the dead PokerKing Asia introduced the main club and cashier scheme. Also known as PokerCommunity, FirePoker doesn't only focus on China but also attracts players from Indonesia and India.

  • Stakes: Up to NL1500
  • Deposit and withdrawal methods: Skrill, Neteller, ecoPayz, BTC;
  • Rake: 5%;
  • Tracking software: Not available;

FirePoker logo
FirePoker
Independent
Asian mobile platform
Deposit bonus n/a
converter

PokerTime

PokerTime is the latest Chinese poker room added to our menu. It features a direct crypto cashier that enables players to join the tables without processing deposits via an agent.

  • Stakes: Up to NL1500
  • Deposit and withdrawal methods: direct cashier with BTC and ETH;
  • Rake: 5%;
  • Tracking software: Not available;

PokerTime logo
PokerTime
Independent
High stakes action Bitcoins accepted Asian mobile platform
Deposit bonus NA
Rakeback VIP

Asian poker app Stakes Rake Tracking software/HUD Android Emulators
Red Dragon Poker Up to NL350 5% on profits Yes Allowed
Panda Poker Up to NL2000 3% on profits Prohibited Allowed
Bingo Poker (HiTea) Up to NL600 5% on profits Yes Allowed
PokerTime Up to NL1500 5% on profits Not available Allowed
FirePoker (PokerCommunity) Up to NL1500 5% on profits Not available Not allowed

Are Asian poker apps still profitable in 2019?

In one word — yes. But, the situation has changed compared to recent years, and grinders must adapt to new conditions. Almost all Asian poker apps have introduced some "anti-reg" measures like restricting multi-tabling or support software, and even some apps are only accessible via a mobile device.

Therefore, we still consider Asian poker apps profitable, but those hardly can be considered as main poker rooms; instead, those are a great addition to grind a few tables during Asian peak time.

It's also important to point out that playing on Chinese sites is not cheap due to withdrawal fees charged for handling the money in China.

Is it safe to play in Asian poker apps in 2019?

As we can no longer offer a money guarantee on Asian poker apps, we strongly recommend our players to consider the risks before joining Asian poker apps. Our team will give detailed information about the current status of Asian poker apps before creating your gaming account.

Are Asian poker apps the only sites to play against Chinese players?

Fortunately, major poker networks like GG Poker or Microgaming noticed the incredible potential of the Asian poker market, and both have developed strategies to offer games in Asian countries (not only in China, also Malaysia, Indonesia, etc.).

All players looking for soft games against weak Asian players but with doubts about the mobile poker apps are welcome to join GG Poker Network or MPN. Of course, the conditions are very different but are a door to enter soft games in more established poker rooms.

GGPokerOK logo
GGPokerOK
GG Network
Good for beginners Network's best skin No Deposit bonus
Deposit bonus $100
Rakeback 50%+

The second option is to join our fully-secure PPPoker deal where we guarantee our players' funds in over 25 clubs; we grant safe access to poker clubs from Malaysia, Indonesia, etc. with weak action from low to high stakes.

PPPoker logo
PPPoker
Independent
High stakes action WPD funds guarantee!
Rakeback up to 50%
converter

Summary

Online poker in China keeps developing in spite of the recent events with PokerMaster; there are now mobile sites with a direct cashier, which is a fantastic feature considering the market restrictions.

We invite our grinders to reach our team to get more information about the current status of the Asian poker market and get a private rakeback deal:

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Vargoso 03.11.19
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