The game of poker has been one of the cornerstone games dating back several long years. Poker has captured many fans and converted many into its game play. Poker started from small private poker rooms that were on river boats and then onto bars in the wild west up to the modern poker rooms in live casinos and now also online.
Any country that exists on the map like USA, Europe even south America recognize the power of poker as the game to play in the 21st century. As the game continues its reign on the major continents, a new player has decided to rear its head and take a chance on poker.
The new player on the scene is none other than the continent of Asia. Asians represent a large majority of players, if one can consider them as such. Over one billion people represent china, another billion from India, and others spread out over the world.
This "numbers" is seriously being considered by game organizers and game operators as the next place to strike gold. Organizers have set their sights on making this new player on the block a part of the gaming community so that the popularity of the game of poker is cemented as the all time king of games. Poker organizers empathic ally believe that by the end of 2007 the whole world will be committed to playing poker day in, day out.
For the longest time on-line operators and companies have been looking for a way to enter break into the Asian stronghold but the strict guidelines of government officials prevent gambling from becoming a full scale invasion. India does not warm up to the idea of making gambling a source of livelihood. China, although strong in its communist idealism, is slowly giving way to change from its exposure to the internet. This spells good news for gambling operators since China has been a hard nut to crack ever since.
Famous hoteliers and casino owners have already made proposal moves of introducing the gambling lifestyle similar to that of Macau. Some people, however, are not agreeable to this saying that the lifestyle would eventually erode their traditions and values.
Many of the operators are so intent of instilling western cultures and western way of thinking into these possible ventures in China that the market is still unsure of how to handle cultural absorption right away.
Mass media has been a favorite instrument in the conversion of the Asian market. Cigarette ads, modern spy movies, and product endorsements by celebrities contribute to the material life style that everyone wants to be a part of. Many people, especially those in third world countries, would like nothing better than a lift from poverty. In this case, they would welcome the new age of gambling with open arms.