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Make money playing poker online in Thailand

It may have been the first month I was in Thailand when I first met my first semi-professional poker player in Thailand. I have played online poker before when I was living in California and seen the world series of poker on TV but never actually met anyone who was really making a living from playing poker online. That was until I moved to Chiang Mai and have met dozens of guys now over the past few years who at least claim to make a living out of the game.

Making a living out of playing poker in Thailand sounds like a lot of fun. If your good at it you should be able to make a living better than that of an English teacher! With so many players playing it’s not going to be easy to make a living doing this and that’s where you need to begin to get serious about the game.

So I decided to find out what the day in the life of an online poker player in Thailand would be like, I hit up my mate for $50 to send to my account as I found out you can’t use Paypal to transfer money to a poker site (against their policy) and signing up to these ewallet things seems like a hassle. I tried a Netteller account but says I already have one and that was a hassle too. My mate recommends you use a VPN connection and a credit card from another country like Australia. I have a Bangkok Bank Visa card and it seems like it’s blocked for being used on gaming sites. Maybe someone knows a different Bank in Thailand where the Card isn’t blocked?

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Since getting money into one of these poker sites I wonder how easy it is to get out! I’m sure I could have overcome those obstacles and if I were serious about it I would have but to just fool around with it it’s a bit of a hassle. For example Netteller would have just been a phone call away. Either way my mate helped me out by transfering some funds to my account.

Now that I had money in my account I was told to learn how to actually play the game. You probably think you know how to play poker but it’s so much more complicated than I thought it was. My mate recommended I learn as much about the game as possible and recommended this site called Poker Strategy. Now this website has the best videos I’ve ever seen on the game. There is so much information on there that I’m still going through it. What the best piece of advice that was given to me was controlling my Bankroll.

The 300 Big Bets rule

I only have $50 so if I play a $50 game it’s all over, my poker career is finished before it started. What Poker Strategy told me is that I need to only play games where the big bets are no more than 300 times more than my bankroll. So I should start at a 5-10 cent game. This makes total sense to me. Only problem is you play for hours and hours and hours only to make a few dollars. This is what happened to me I played all day and into the night and made a measly $18. I’m not exactly about to stop writing this blog to play poker any time soon at that rate.

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If an experienced poker player sat at my table then he’s sure to go home a winner because I pretty much suck. And that’s where the money is at. I don’t recommend anyone coming to Thailand thinking they are going to make money playing poker without having played it seriously and studied up on the game at Poker strategy but I definitely think it’s possible for some guys to actually do it evidence with the amount of poker players here in Chiang mai.


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About Chris

Chris founded Living Thai and author of the books Learn the The Thai Alphabet and How to make money in Thailand also the Blueprint for Living in Thailand. Chris started this blog with the aim of educating westerners on how to have the best time in Thailand, to make new friends and to vent his frustrations Chris is also fluent in both written and spoken Thai.

8 Responses to Make money playing poker online in Thailand

  1. Scott Mallon November 13, 2012 at 3:46 am #

    Never tried poker but have won large sums of money wagering on boxing. Tennis has also been a moneymaker for me. Plenty of opportunities in those two sports.

    Your best bet if you can’t use Neteller is just to Western Union or Moneygram your deposit. Fifty dollars is not really worth doing so but if you can deposit $300 or more, the book will refund your Western Union fees.

  2. Max November 13, 2012 at 4:28 am #

    I used to play on this site https://apps.facebook.com/texas_holdem/ which uses play money but you can really learn how to play the game. I got up to 1 million dollars at one point from the initial 10000 they give you and still have 850000 in my account. Shame it’s not real cash!

    • Richard November 16, 2012 at 6:20 pm #

      The problem with playing with fake money, is that people don’t play the same way with fake money as they do with real money.

      @Chris
      You made $18 in one day. Based on my experiences, you were probably up those $18 way before you actually quit. In fact, you were probably up more than $18 at one point, but decided to continue playing. Am I right? The key is to remember you are playing to make money. Even though you are having fun, quit when you have made 50% of your buy in.
      Now, on the other hand. If you had fun playing, is it bad to make $20 a day doing something you enjoy?

  3. Johnnie Walker November 16, 2012 at 10:40 am #

    I’m surprised access to these gambling sites isn’t blocked in Thailand.

  4. Scott Mallon November 25, 2012 at 1:23 am #

    Some sites are blocked, some are not.

    • Chris November 27, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

      A VPN through singapore normally fixes any and all issues.

      • Theequation February 7, 2013 at 1:47 am #

        Do you recommend a particular VPN service?

  5. djAdamus July 24, 2013 at 1:59 am #

    Those who can’t earn any money online should try this simple method i found and brings me $100 a day on average, search in google for – method to earn $$ using perinstallcash
    This is youtube + PPI method

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