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Old 07-19-2008, 06:32 AM   #1
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Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia - Poker

I recently found out that Malaysia is one of the cheapest places in the world. I was thinking about going there for 3 months next summer to check it out, with the possibility of moving there full time. However, I have some questions: Firstly, can you play online poker in Malaysia? Is it legal? Can you get your money in and out easily over there? Secondly, is $300 a month enough to live on over there? I heard that 150 ($300) more than covered all living expenses, is this true? Finally, can you play in live casinos over there?

If you know anything about this place, let us know
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Old 07-19-2008, 10:23 AM   #2
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Hi,

Malaysia is a nice place to visit. Definately a very cheap place to visit.

I've played on PokerStars there a couple times. Definately you will be able to connect, but it's not legal. So, you can play.. just don't get caught.

The only casino there at the moment is Genting Highlands and they don't spread poker.

I think you can only get money in and out of banks. So if you transfer money into say an HSBC account, you will be able to withdraw money through an atm here. Other than that, your only option is like western union or somehting.

Does $300 include rent? It really depends on where you live. If you live outside of Kuala Lumpur then it could cover cost of living. But if you live in Kuala Lumpur, you'll definately need more than that, unless you plan on sharing apartments with other people. I'd say if you chose to live a non-extravagant lifestyle in Kuala Lumpur, then maybe $600-$800 will have you live comfortably.
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Old 07-19-2008, 10:32 AM   #3
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I have been to Malaysia more than 8 times.

First of all, it's cheap but not that cheap. 150 would be pushing it. You could get by on maybe 300 a month excluding rent, leading a normal lifestyle (no travel, shopping, wining and dining, partying). If you want a comfortable lifestyle I'd say you need 400-450 a month. Again this is without rent.

Outside of KL maybe 300 a month could get you by but definitely not in KL

And it's not true that you can't get money from ATMs. With a Solo/Maestro card or Cirrus enabled credit card you can easily withdraw money from any ATM. I have done this dozens of times.
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Old 07-19-2008, 12:08 PM   #4
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Umm, Muslim country. NO sanuk factor. Had you consider lookin a little to the North?
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Thailand got any good online gambling ?
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Old 07-20-2008, 09:15 AM   #6
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The Muslim country thing doesn't really apply. It's nothing like the middle east. Think in terms of Turkey. It's technically a Muslim country but in reality very secular and tolerant. At least a third of their population are of Chinese or Indian descent, and they openly practice their religions i.e. Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Catholicism

Langkawi island is very beautiful
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Old 07-31-2008, 05:18 AM   #7
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I recently found out that Malaysia is one of the cheapest places in the world. I was thinking about going there for 3 months next summer to check it out, with the possibility of moving there full time. However, I have some questions: Firstly, can you play online poker in Malaysia? Is it legal? Can you get your money in and out easily over there? Secondly, is $300 a month enough to live on over there? I heard that 150 ($300) more than covered all living expenses, is this true? Finally, can you play in live casinos over there?

If you know anything about this place, let us know
Hey there,

Yes you can play online poker here but you will face difficulties in depositing and withdrawing if you use local banks and/or credit cards. The only online payment processor we can use is click2pay and entropay. Western union is another option especially for stars. For withdrawals, click2pay provides the best solution with its Debit card. I've personally used it myself so no problems there but there is a RM 3k limit through the local ATMs (roughly USD 900). Alternatively you can request for checks as well if you don't mind the wait.

The only online room so far that allows for direct local bank transfers is mansion88 (same as mansion on the Ongame network). There are other local/asian poker rooms that runs on a credit system with its players (borderline illegal )

USD 300 a month is not enough especially in KL. Including rental i would recommend at least USD 1200-1500. imo i wouldn't recommend living in KL itself. Go check out the satellite cities surrounding KL like Bandar Utama, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Mont Kiara (mostly expats), Hartamas, Petaling Jaya and Bangsar.

The poker community here is small but healthily growing (i would like to believe ). If you do come here, check out http://www.pokermalaysia.com. I'm one of the admins there and it's basically just a simple forum set up to gather the few local poker enthusiasts and to make live games easily available (we got two 'poker rooms' running almost everyday and some willing hosts for home games as well). Don't bother going to Genting for poker. The only initiatives they made so far were organizing freeroll donkaments that awards NCC chips and having HE tables against the house . Matt Savage and APPT tried to make headways here but so far no success . Philippines has the largest poker community in this region and now hopefully Macau, with the advent of APT and APPT.

Enjoy your stay and enjoy the food!
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Old 07-31-2008, 05:23 AM   #8
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The Muslim country thing doesn't really apply. It's nothing like the middle east. Think in terms of Turkey. It's technically a Muslim country but in reality very secular and tolerant. At least a third of their population are of Chinese or Indian descent, and they openly practice their religions i.e. Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Catholicism

Langkawi island is very beautiful
IMO Redang Island is much better , well, most of the east coast islands are 'awesomer'.
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Old 07-31-2008, 05:41 PM   #9
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IMO Redang Island is much better , well, most of the east coast islands are 'awesomer'.
Agreed, Redang > Langkawi.

I'd probably recommend Thailand tho
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Old 08-02-2008, 03:19 AM   #10
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Well I can say that I am trying to make poker happen at Genting so stay tuned as it looks like a major tournament is in the near future.

BTW, I am at Genting right now for the MTV Asia music awards as we had another one of those freerolls for local players
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Old 08-19-2008, 07:55 AM   #11
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i was born and raised in malaysia but moved to New Zealand 6 years ago. Been considering moving to back to malaysia and just pay the bills by playing online. I heard there are a few open home games in Kuala Lumpur but the stakes are pretty low.

What i would like to ask is whether or not will I be able to use my Neteller card to withdraw funds in Malaysia (or Thailand)?
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Old 08-20-2008, 07:57 AM   #12
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i was born and raised in malaysia but moved to New Zealand 6 years ago. Been considering moving to back to malaysia and just pay the bills by playing online. I heard there are a few open home games in Kuala Lumpur but the stakes are pretty low.

What i would like to ask is whether or not will I be able to use my Neteller card to withdraw funds in Malaysia (or Thailand)?
Neteller is banned here in Thailand. I have to call up a friend in the UK so they can withdraw for me, if I log on here my account will be frozen. I don't know about malaysia though
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Old 08-25-2008, 07:31 AM   #13
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What about Penang ? Is it realistic to live there with, lets say $1000 per month including all (rent, healt insurance etc.) ?
I have heard, that online poker would be legal in Malaysia but in this thread its stated that this not true ?
And what about taxes ? Do i have to pay tax on poker income if this is my only source of income or a residental tax ?
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Old 04-10-2009, 01:29 PM   #14
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Btw, Genting (the casino) now has No Limit Hold Em poker, played via PokerPro tables. There are plans for future introduction of live poker tables there too.

If you are in town, and looking for games, do PM me or check out http://pokermalaysia.wordpress.com
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Old 04-11-2009, 06:53 AM   #15
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party works in malaysia now.
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