Shafi'i Fiqh

Islamic Ruling on Playing Poker on the Internet

A game called "Poker" recently went viral on the internet. Different numbers of people may take part in this game at the same time. They just play it for points and not for real money. However, things have changed in the sense that the loser needs to buy points from another player via the internet in return for real money handed in person. For example, 500 unreal dollars are sold for 5 JDs. This is very common in Jordan. What is the ruling of Sharia on playing this game for points and not for money? Buying unreal money with real money? And, selling unreal money for real money?

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