A lot of people/players have misconceptions about playing poker and other online gambling games from Indonesia. While it’s true that there are many restrictions in place, the best IDN poker platforms are still available if you know how to find them.
But before you begin playing straight away, it’s good to be aware of certain factors regarding online poker in Indonesia.
Issues of Legality
Indonesia enjoys the distinction of beautiful landscapes as well as having the world’s fourth-largest population. And a majority of the demography is composed of Muslims (more than 86%). So, practices against Islamic law such as gambling or consumption of alcohol are officially prohibited. But there are certain legal manoeuvres that gambling platforms perform to make the games accessible to interested players.
Firstly, it’s important to remember that offline gambling and casinos are illegal in the country. So, the online route is the more viable option. Many websites host their domains outside of IDN so that poker players can still play them as long as they have internet access.
Can I play online poker from IDN?
Poker is generally considered to be more of a skill-based game than a gambling game. But because it involves betting pots, it naturally comes under casino games. So, this means the game itself (whether online or offline) is banned in the country.
But this does not mean you cannot play it at all. Finding the right agency and website will allow you to enjoy the game in the comfort of your home. So, even if the actual act of gambling is banned within the country, you can still find online platforms where you can enjoy the game in peace.
A lot of poker websites accept competitors and players from Indonesia. So, whether you’re a beginner/newbie wanting to try out the game or a veteran looking to earn big pots, there are websites available. However, there’s little guarantee on when the government will crack down on these websites. So, if you find a reliable agency or platform, you can register and play while it’s still up and running.
What is the registration process like?
The details of registration for online poker can differ from platform to platform. But there is a general pattern in the kind of information you submit and the steps you take.
- First, you have to enter your desired username and come up with a password for signing up. Make sure the password is kept private, personal, and relevant to you.
- Then, you’ll have to enter an active email or phone number. This step is required because agencies may use it for verification, communication, etc.
- You may also enter some banking credentials because that’s how you’ll pay for the stakes and pots when you start playing. Reliable agencies always keep these details private so make sure you go for a trustworthy platform.
- Finally, you may have to submit an activation or verification code sent to your phone number or email, depending on the website. This final step makes your registration successful, after which you can start playing.