PokerStars left three markets this week in China, Macau and Taiwan. A few days before the announcement, the parent company Flutter announced that it plans to leave the "black" markets (those where online gambling is illegal).
Users have received a message from PokerStars support, which says that from September 1, the poker room is leaving China, Taiwan and Macau.
PokerStars also made a number of banking changes to make it easier for players to withdraw funds, which is also discussed in the message. The changes include:
• reduction of the minimum cashout amount to $50;
• for players from China and Macau added the ability to cashout through MuchBetter;
• Skrill and Neteller cashout options have been added for players from Taiwan.
The reason for leaving was that none of the three markets can legally provide online poker for real money. Moreover, China is stepping up its fight against so-called “cross-border illegal gambling” and will fully control payment processing for online gambling operators.