In 2018, the poker community was abuzz with the news that Red Dead Redemption was adding numerous features, chief among them being the ability to play poker against fellow players.

However, some users have been finding it impossible to use this new exciting feature. Well, if you can’t access the new online poker future, don’t worry; your copy of the game is not faulty.

According to Rockstar Games, the creator of Red Dead Redemption 2, the problem is regulatory. The company disclosed that, since some of the regions are yet to legalize poker. Players from such regions cannot access the poker feature in the game.


Red Dead Redemption Poker

If you are planning on how to eke out a living through Red Dead, I have bad news for you. You can’t make money on the platform. At the moment, players cannot wager real money, but can only use virtual play money.

Even though players can purchase an in-game currency known as Gold, the creators of the game are yet to provide a way to buy virtual cash that’s used at poker tables.

However, in the future, Rockstar Games might transition from play money poker to real money poker. Today, if the game was to offer real money poker, governments will most likely view it as illegal gambling since Rockstar Games has not applied to be licensed. It may become a regulatory nightmare.

On the game’s subreddit, several players have posted the response they got from the company on the poker unavailability issue.

One Redditor posted:

“We are sorry to let you know that the availability of Poker in Red Dead Online is dependent on regional laws and regulations and may not be available to all players,” a support representative wrote back to one user. “In short, poker won’t be available in countries where online gambling is restricted or illegal. We apologize if this had caused any inconvenience.”


Affected regions

Even though the company is yet to release an official list of the affected countries, Youtuber known as Pineapple has created a video listing restricted regions.

From the video, players from Jordan and UAE can’t access the hold’em games. The video also lists Belgium, but that’s hardly surprising since Belgium has strict laws on online gambling.

Portugal players can’t also access poker games. However, it seems that all Americans can access the poker games, even though online poker is yet to be legalized in all states.



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