Hong Kong Toughens Stand on Gambling

Published June 5, 2002 by OCR Editor

Hong Kong Toughens Stand on Gambling

New gambling laws have changed the way the Hong Kong Police deals with what sued to be a legal and popular gambling industry, particularly lotteries and horse races.

Hong Kong has always been a legal gambling niche for lotteries and horse races, but since the new gambling laws, Hong Kong Police are cracking down on World Cup gambling.

The new laws concerning gambling became effective on Friday. Friday evening the police already made arrests and confiscated $2.6 million

in bets that were not legal. The World Cup Soccer tournament, which includes 32 nations, opened Friday, and by Saturday the Associated Press reported that in spite of the new gambling laws, people were placing bets ranging from $l3 to $640 via the internet and telephone. Alan Tang, a 27-year-old engineer said, The only way to curb the illegal gambling trend is to legalize soccer betting here."

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