Macau’s gambling watchdog the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ) has issued strict warnings to gambling operators not to offer any phone or online gambling services.
The DICJ’s strong warning came after a Chinese state media report alleged a local Junket operator, Suncity, of offering and facilitating online gambling for clients from mainland China at operators based out of Philippines and Cambodia.
While the state media report singled and named the junket operator, the DICJ statement avoids naming Suncity.
Earlier this week on Tuesday, global news agency Reuters reported that Economic Information Daily claimed that local junket operator Suncity “has raked in billions of [US] dollars in online gaming and proxy betting, causing great harm to [mainland] China social, economic order.”
The news outlet is a subsidiary of Xinhua, the state-owned Chinese news agency.
The report claimed that “Suncity enabled [mainland] Chinese players to bet through online casinos in the Philippines and Cambodia and utilized underground banks to move capital out of the [mainland].”
However, junket operator Suncity rubbished the claims and said that they have been operating in line with the existing regulations and that they have not made a single dollar through online gambling as it is illegal in Macau.