Poker is the most popular of all games that involve money betting. Currently, hundreds of poker sites are active in the United States, Europe, and Asia, registering users from all over the world. With ever-increasing prizes that can sometimes exceed millions of dollars, online poker is booming and is now an industry of billions. In the past decade there has been an increase not only in the general adhesion of the players, but also in the number of individuals who dedicate themselves solely and exclusively to the activity in a professional manner.
In Brazil, online poker is not yet licensed, and is currently considered illegal. With the arrival of Jair Bolsonaro in power, the future is dark for a potential poker economy in the most populous country in South America. Highly connected with the institutions and evangelical ideologies, Bolsonaro has already shown himself available to discuss the future of poker and other games of chance in Brazil. For now, an eventual debate in the National Congress is still pending, with few people expecting the current Brazilian Government to be the first to establish the inspection systems necessary for the creation of an online poker economy in Brazil. Even so, the country is full of poker fanatics and still has a large list of talented professional players.
Brazilian champions ... celebrated abroad
Brazilians are not just fans of online poker. They are also used to winning. In 2019, three Brazilian poker players made history on the world's largest circuits, earning record prizes in excess of $ 1 million. Using foreign sites, Danilo Demétrio, Rafael Moraes, and galodoido13 (most online poker players are identified by their nickname) last year won prizes between $ 1,039,982 and $ 1,187,553. Danilo Demétrio, better known as dans170, even won what was the biggest prize ever obtained by a Brazilian playing online poker. The country may be full of big poker stars, but it still doesn't support a local economy. In other words, online poker is considered illegal in the country, but Brazilians are allowed to participate in international competitions and to register on websites based abroad. About 10 years ago, being a professional online poker player was still a rarity in Brazil. Today, online poker is at the base of a highly active Internet community, and serves as a job for hundreds of players of all ages and from all over the country. Naturally, they defend the creation of local legislation systems that allow Brazilian companies to invest in the industry. But what would be the advantages of an eventual legalization of online games of chance in Brazil?
Stimulate the economy and create better conditions for players
The thesis that games like poker are corrupt and immoral seems nowadays outdated. If, on the one hand, it is true that the problem of gambling persists, on the other hand, it is clear that it ends up helping to solve the financial problems of many Brazilians. Yes, gambling can be the source of many controversies, but it is nevertheless stimulating for the country's economy. In Portugal, for example, online poker sites and other games of fortune and chance have been worth millions to the State since, in 2015, strict laws were established to control and license this type of service. Every year, millions who escaped the state enter the coffers of the government, ultimately guaranteeing economic growth and better conditions for citizens. In Brazil, where the user base is vastly superior to that in Portugal, a potential online poker industry would contribute millions of reais in taxes every year.