Just in Time For World CupPublished May 27, 2002 by OCR Editor
This past Wednesday Hong Kong legislators voted on a bill barring people from placing bets overseas.
As the World Cup, taking place in South Korea and Japan, approaches, lawmakers decided it would be a good time to implement this bill banning overseas betting on the event that takes place on May 31. Lam Woon-kwong, the Secretary of Home Affairs said, "This should help us to maintain our strict gambling laws and to dispel the illegal gambling trend." Lam added that the bill would also lower the government's loss of revenues to illegal bookmakers.
Under the bill, Hong Kong citizens would be banned from making bets with offshore operators - via the Internet or telephones. In any case, betting on the World Cup in Hong Kong is already illegal. However, gambling in lotteries and horse racing are legal and controlled by the Hong Kong Jockey Club.