China Sweeps Illegal GamblingPublished January 30, 2005 by OCR Editor
Online casino gambling has gained tremendous popularity in Asia over the past few years. In Asia you can find rows and rows of computer terminals at internet cafes full of people playing instant flash casinos and betting online.
In a recent wave of online casino crackdowns and busts, Chinese authorities have been sweeping up nearly 600 people in connection with illegal betting operations. Online casino gambling has gained widespread popularity in Asia and China in particular. The Chinese Ministry of Security claims that the illegal gambling network, which spanned 22 provinces and major cities, was purportedly run by a Taiwanese company in cooperation with criminal syndicates operating on the Chinese mainland.
In Shanghai alone, police apprehended 87 suspects that were in some way of involved with the gambling circle. In the Jiangsu province, 106 people were held and $20 million in gambling money and suspected gambling proceeds were seized. 395 people suspected of organizing the network and 202 suspected gamblers have been detained
The recent operations in China have targeted overseas gambling, online gambling and illegal lotteries across the country. Popular, state-authorized lotteries were not affected by the ban and neither was private gambling that take place in amateur, home circles. Private betting games like mahjong have traditionally involved wagering and this forma of home gambling is regarded as a major form of entertainment in Chinese culture. Because if this, it is unthinkable that the authorities would classify this type of gambling along side illegal online casino gambling. The Chinese government does plan to clarify which activities were allowed and which were illegal.