Red Dead Online appears to be blocking players in certain regions of the world from playing the in-game mini-game poker. The regions that it seems to be having the most trouble have strict laws on gambling. Although no real cash can be used to play poker, players can only gamble using in-game currency earnt by playing the game. This currency also cannot be bought with real-world money, but laws are laws!
A Reddit user reached out to RockStar and got this response back, “We are sorry to let you know that the availability of Poker in Red Dead Online is dependent on regional laws and regulations and may not be available to all players. In short, poker won’t be available in countries where online gambling is restricted or illegal. We apologize if this had caused any inconvenience.” you can read the rest of that email here.