For the longest time, online poker has remained mostly unpopular in Asian countries. There is at least one sign that this could be starting to change. Zynga, a company that runs the largest online poker game with 28 million players on Facebook, is launching their software in Mandarin Chinese to attract players from Hong Kong and Taiwan.
According to Venture Beat, Chinese players will receive 8,888 starting chips and compete for $880,000 in Taiwanese dollars (about $27,500 USD). The number 8 is considered lucky in Chinese culture.
It is unclear how well Zynga poker players tend to convert to real-money online poker rooms like Party Poker, but even if the conversion rate is extraordinarily low, with so many members (28 million and counting), this is good news for the longevity of online poker. Unfortunately, most Asian countries are hostile to online poker and will often try to block access to online gambling sites.