Poker In Indonesia
Indonesia has one of the fastest growing internet connections across Asia and one of the most popular ways for people from the United States to make money online. With the other countries trying to relax their stance on online gaming, Indonesia has stepped up their efforts in recent times to attempt to prevent poker and online gambling in their country. A new law was recently passed that attempts to make gambling as a business a criminal offence punishable with five years in prison. The government claims that this will discourage poker websites from being established in Indonesia. This is an indirect means of cracking down on poker sites by the Indonesian government and is not aimed directly at the poker industry.
There are many factors that play into this decision of the Indonesian government and perhaps they need to reassess their priorities in the global poker scene and how they fit in with the international community. Many people will wonder why is it that Indonesia would wish to restrict online poker from its population. Is it because they feel that poker is not a game of skill and therefore it is not gambling? Some might even point out that there are already too many problems within the Indonesian economy and they need to look to things such as corruption in government, an unstable government and rising unemployment as their main concerns, not gambling, which would only exacerbate the already serious problems of the Indonesian government has had for a long time.
However, some are concerned that by closing down poker Indonesia, poker sites will simply move to another offshore gambling haven where there are no restrictions or taxes. These fears have been allayed as Indonesia has not implemented any type of mafia-like laws within its country and also because the government has not implemented a blanket ban on online deposits either. One thing we can be sure of is that poker in Indonesia is here to stay for the long term. It has grown in popularity steadily over the last few years as more players have been attracted by the unique online poker experience and the great payouts that await players who place high bets. This popularity should continue to grow as players become conditioned to playing online poker through constant training and exposure to high skilled players.