China Vows More Clampdown on Gambling after Suncity CEO Arrest
The government of China, through its prosecutors, has announced that they will intensify their crackdown on all online gambling entities offering products and services to the members of the country.
Prosecutors claimed that a high rate of illegal gambling businesses uses online platforms to offer services to China's residents and bypass its strict laws prohibiting gambling.
The announcement is coming after the Macao authorities arrested Alvin Chau Cheok-wa, Suncity Group CEO, for allegedly operating an illegal gambling platform and targeting Chinese nationals in his online casino's marketing campaign.
Alvin Chau, head of Macao's biggest casino junket organization, was arrested and detained on Saturdays with 10 others after Chinese authorities accused them of running an illegal cross-border gambling syndicate and issued an arrest warrant for them.
Addressing the issue at a press conference, Miao Shengming, head of the first prosecutor's office, stated that from 2018 to September of this year, about 255,850 people had been indicted in over 98,069 cases of illegal gambling operations in China. Miao also added that this year alone, from January to September, witnessed the prosecution of 63,238 persons across 25,140 cases.
Criminals used Internet technology, such as software and platforms, to connect gamblers, casinos, and their proxies.
To find out more about the new era and challenges that the Chinese gambling market is facing, read our interview with Felix Ng from Asia Gaming Brief.