bet365 Controversy Over Chinese GamblersPublished October 14, 2014 by Arthur M
A report in the Guardian newspaper has suggested that bet365 is encouraging Chinese citizens to gamble at their websites, contravening Chinese laws.
The Guardian newspaper has carried out an investigation that suggest bet365 may be accepting wagers from Chinese citizens, which is strictly forbidden by the authorities in Beijing.
The Guardian Allegations
According to the article, bet365 has become one of the biggest online gambling operations in China, even though it has no physical presence in the country. Evidence that supports this is the fact that bet365 has recently opened a call centre in its' home town of Stoke on Trent, with an estimated 50 Chinese speaking staff, and that the company regularly changes its' web addresses to hinder attempt by the government to shut them down or block the sites.
It is alleged that a number of Chinese citizens have been arrested for wagering at bet365, or for promoting the site on their blogs. Local laws are designed to severely limit online gambling, with just a few betting opportunities permitted. This has led to Macau becoming one of the biggest gambling centres in the world, while Chinese tourists frequent casinos around the world.
The investigation also stated that only 50% of bet365's 2013 revenue came from territories where the company actual holds a license to operate, much of which must come from China, while it also claims that they operate a complex payment system that allows Chinese players to fund their wagers in the local Renminbi currency.
Replying to these allegations, a spokesperson for bet365 said, ''There is no legislation that expressly prohibits the supply of remote gambling services into China by operators which are based outside.'' adding that ''Any allegation of illegality on the part of bet365 is therefore untrue.''
bet365 have special reasons to be concerned, as under new UK legislation, any gambling company who get more than 3% of their revenue from outside of the country must prove that they have a legal right to do so, Competitors like William Hill, and Ladbrokes do not appear to have any Chinese facing opertaions, although bet365 is far from being the only company that does have them.