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Online Pro Gamblers versus Customs Officials

About five years ago there was somewhat of an explosion in that segment of online income earners who double-up as travelers making their online living through gambling, most noticeably through playing poker. If you were in on the knowledge of this then you might be wondering why on earth they all seem to have disappeared, but then again in that case you’re not completely accurate in your observation.

Yes, there has definitely been a decline in the number of pro poker players who made so much money playing online that they could afford to live the life of a luxury traveler while making their killing in the online poker rooms, but these people haven’t disappeared off the face of the earth. The only thing is that their focus has shifted and they rather enjoy online games like bingo in order to make the money they were previously earning playing poker. It’s not as much as it was admittedly, but hey, it gets them traveling quite a bit still.

This brings into focus a common problem they seem to have though, which is that of clearing customs or immigration whenever they seek to stay for prolonged periods of time in a new country they’re visiting. If you enter into some countries and you don’t need a visa, you pretty much just have to prove that you’re a bona fide tourist, something which often entails just producing proof that you have the funds to support yourself while you’re visiting.

All good and well and generally how you make your money is not an issue, so long as you’re not coming into their country to spend what are ill-gotten gains through illicit activities. The problem is however that in some countries what is otherwise the innocent and fun activity of gambling is seen as something which is really, really bad. Gambling is indeed illegal in some countries like China (Mainland), so if your earnings come solely from online gambling then you’d have a problem getting a visa extension to stay beyond the normal time allocated to a tourist’s stay.

In fact, you could get into trouble with the law just by accessing something like your blog which has gambling content, using the local internet service, something which is perhaps aggravated by trying to use a proxy server or any other means through which to bypass the existing monitoring infrastructure they have in place.

So I guess what I’m getting at is that you’d probably want to limit your stay in countries where gambling is particularly frowned upon if you are indeed a pro gambler or a budding pro gambler, lest you miss out on some great opportunities such as the extra credits or spins you can get using a Jackpotjoy Bingo Bonus Code for example.

Otherwise customs officials generally understand that there are people in this world who have figured out a way to make a full time income through professional gambling, so for the most part it’s not a problem at all, but simply a matter of ascertaining that the funds you have at your disposal were legitimately acquired, albeit unconventionally.

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