In this article we will cover some of the most important topics for online poker players from Middle Eastern countries, including where can they play online poker, how to handle the online money (including withdrawals) and the best recomendations from the rakeback rockstars!
I'm living in Middle Eastern country (Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan), can I play online poker?
Sure you can! And with our help will became easier, but of course, is going to depend of the country you reside now. Legally speaking, is forbidden to play poker in most of the Middle Eastern countries. It depends on the country of course, but as a general rule, it is not legal to play and major poker networks are not available. Please add us in Skype so we can give you detailed information about your country gaming regulation and give you guidance about how to play online poker from Middle Eastern countries.
Can you make an example please? I live in Pakistan
Well, online poker in Pakistan is not massive, you guys have very well-known players as Owais Ahmed, who won a WSOP bracelet in 2011. In Pakistan, the government is more focused in legislations about sports betting than online poker, and in the country you can even find legal lottery and horse races. Neteller and Skrill are available in Pakistan which is a great advantage for our poker players living there. But of course, as Middle Eastern country we recomend to be careful and use a VPN to play online poker, and only in the online poker rooms we can recomend to you via Skype.
How about Iran? Can I play online poker from Iran
Iran has more restrictive laws about online poker and in general about betting. But, we need to be straight: most of the laws that affects public acts, like drinking in the streets and playing poker in a casino (of course, there are no legal casinos in Iran), but, it seems that the government doesn't pay that much attention to private activities, bottom line, you may drink and play poker but in your house only. In Iran, we can only recomend to do money transactions using Bitcoin, as regular payment methods like Skrill and Neteller are not functional in Iran. You will need a VPN to play online poker from Iran.
Please give me detailed information about online poker regulation in my country
You can always add us in Skype to compliment all the information we present in our website, but, here we can do a short resume about online poker regulation in Middle Eastern countries:
- Pakistan Online Poker Regulation: Online or live poker in Pakistan is not very popular, but that does not mean there are no poker players living in Pakistan. Usually, the websites of online poker rooms are not blocked by the internet services, and this is because the authorities are more focused in sports betting. Is not legal to play online poker in Pakistan, so if you decide to do it, you need to be careful enough.
- Iran Online Poker Regulation: We can say Iran is currently a grey market for online poker. Major poker rooms as PokerStars are not available, and it is certainly not totally legal to play online poker, but authorities are not really concerned about it, especially if we are talking about private games.
- Iraq Online Poker Regulation: Iraq seems to be a permissive country regarding online poker games, and actually the internet gambling is legal. Poker is totally legal in Iraq and you can play any poker site that allows Iraq online poker players, but the thing is that not much online poker rooms takes Iraq poker players, and here we can help, showing you a whole new world of online poker rooms.
Tell me more about processing payment methods
Not long time ago, it was very difficult for Middle Eastern poker players to handle their online money. Skrill and Neteller does not service most of countries (being Pakistan like one exception), but Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq are not functional. But nowadays, with cryptocurriencies like Bitcoin, poker players from all the world can conveniently handle their money using them. We encourage you to add us in Skype to give you advice about how to handle your money in Middle Eastern countries.
So, let's get to it, what are the best poker rooms available for Middle Eastern Poker players?
Chico Poker Network takes Bitcoin as main deposit option, offering the best of both worlds for Middle Eastern poker players: lots of good traffic and Bitcoin accepted for deposits and withdrawals. The flagship of Chico Poker Network is Tigergaming.
Winning Poker Network is also one the the biggest poker networks available for countries as Iran. It offers one of the best traffics currently available, including US players (meaning some good fishy traffic) and takes Bitcoin as payment method. The flagship of WPN is PokerKing.
How about the best Chinese poker room available? If you live in a Middle Eastern country, you are welcome to play in Lianzhong Pokermonster, actually named the "Chinese PokerStars". In Lianzhong you can deposit using Bitcoin, becoming this one of the most important factors.
And that is not all! This is just a resume! If you want to know more about the best poker rooms available for Middle East countries as Iran or Afghanistan, please add us in Skype to give you more information!
And please, always remember to game responsibly and always to make sure about your country regulations to play online poker safely!
Juan, Worldpokerdeals team