Online Poker in Brazil

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    • ThatGuyMatt
      ThatGuyMatt
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      Hey antstruk,

      I'm not to sure about this one, I cant recall ever seeing players from Brazil, but i'm pretty sure its legal, The Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT) has an Event there, so I see no reason they would not allow Online Poker.

      PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari is also listed on Pokerstars as "Location: Brazil" so it looks fine.
    • UPAY4DINNER
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      Hi there antstruk,

      I've come across many Brazilian players on PokerStars especially so although I cannot confirm or deny on the legality of Online Poker in Brazil, there are definitely Brazilian players playing online :)

      Hope this helped,
      Gary
    • slipkn6t
      slipkn6t
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      I've seen some Brazilians on partypoker.
    • gadget51
      gadget51
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      Hi there antstruk,

      The only relevant and up to date information I could find follows;


      For poker in general;

      Quote:
      Poker games are very hard to come by in Brazil. The game has been growing in popularity during the last decade, but the real problem is that there are no casinos or poker halls in Brazil. This is because casino gambling is illegal in the country, and has been since the 1960s. Instead, poker games in Brazil take place at poker "associations". These groups even hold large-scale tournaments like the Brazilian Series of Poker. They are careful to work around the existing laws so the tournaments are not closed down. unQuote. (GamingZion 2012, p.1, para.1)



      For online poker

      Quote:

      Online poker is a good way for players to enjoy poker in Brazil. The government doesn't allow Brazilian internet poker websites to operate, but they don't do much to prevent players from using foreign online poker sites. Poker websites hosted in other countries are out of the Brazilian government's reach, so players can use foreign poker rooms without fear of them being shut down. While most of these international sites are in English, a few do offer Portuguese translations of their website and software. Unquote. (GamingZion 2012, p.1, para.2)


      I hope this sheds some light on it. Perhaps others will have more insight.

      Best regards,

      Mal.
    • luizsilveira
      luizsilveira
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      Hi,

      I'm Brazilian and lived for 29 years there :)

      Unfortunately I'm a lawyer too :D

      As it is now, you might only have drawbacks by trying to deposit or withdraw $ from poker sites to/from Brazilian bank accounts and credit cards.

      This is another way to say: playing is absolutely fine and you will not have any problem whatsoever doing so.

      Poker is Brazil is actually going well; live poker is allowed too, even on "poker clubs" - however limited to tournament play. Recently, poker has been considered a "mind sport" and is now affiliated to the Ministry of Sports.

      So... have fun and don't be worried at all as you'll play as if you were in the UK.

      Gambling, on the other hand, is illegal thus you won't find any Casinos in Rio. Since poker is not considered gambling there recently, if you are interested and look for it you can find nice live tournaments to play at poker clubs.

      I don't, however, know how is the issue on online gambling (roulette, blackjack etc.). I think they are illegal, but since many are tied to poker sites, and knowing a bit about Brazil, I'd guess you can just log in and play and won't have any problem. Sorry I don't know about this one but I'm never interested on those games.

      Best of luck and enjoy! Oh, and most of all: look out for your wallet and passport. You don't need all your credit cards + a lot of money with you all the time. Better yet, have the wallet with a bit of cash in the obvious pocket and your cards in a less obvious place. Don't display any laptops/ipads or the like in public. Etc. Just common sense ofc but might save you some headaches and a few $.
    • gadget51
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      Hey luizsileira, I'd totally forgotten about you, my sincere grovelling apologies!

      Thank you very much for the help, much appreciated. It shows lawyers do good things to, but I have no doubt you were joking anyway. :)

      Have lots of fun in Rio antstruk!

      Best regards to all,

      Mal.
    • antstruk
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      Wow thanks for the quick response everyone! The info was very helpful and I cant wait to play in some Brazilian poker clubs :)
    • luizsilveira
      luizsilveira
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      Originally posted by antstruk
      Wow thanks for the quick response everyone! The info was very helpful and I cant wait to play in some Brazilian poker clubs :)
      No worries.

      Unfortunately I don't know Rio enough to help you finding clubs. However, you can always post in the Portuguese forums!

      You can obviously post in English there, I think enough people will speak english to help you out with this ;)

      The most appropriate forum I think is this: http://pt.pokerstrategy.com/forum/board.php?boardid=7

      Just click on "Tema Novo" (new thread) and go from there :)