Gambling is banned in mainland China but illegal gambling is rampant. However, the Chinese government is strict with illegal gambling activities and has been launching dedicated campaigns to combat such activities.
Recently, the state-run Chinese national media Xinhua news reported that the police in China’s Zhangjiagang, east China’s Jiangsu Province, has arrested 335 suspects. The suspects have been alleged to be running a cross-border online gambling syndicate.
The authorities estimate that the illegal gambling ring was massive and it involved a whopping 30 billion yuan (around 4.3 billion U.S. dollars) in overall turnover.
The police have also said that the illegal gambling platform operated by the syndicate had over 500,000 members. The platform also made use of unethical techniques to cheat gamblers. The group that controlled the syndicate made sure that the people betting big lose and to achieve this they frequently changed the odds and results.
The platform hosted multiple rounds of betting and each round would last only two minutes. This allowed gamblers to wager more frequently which meant more revenue for the operators. The police estimate that the syndicate was making over 10 million yuan per month from illegal gambling activities.
Commenting on how the authorities are actively cracking down on illegal gambling activities in China, the state-run media house Xinhua news says that in August last year, the “police made the arrests in Cambodia, the Philippines and the eastern Chinese province of Fujian, freezing more than 1,700 bank accounts.”
Gambling is a punishable offense in mainland china. However, it is legal in Chinese controlled territory Macau. But online gambling is something China remains against. China has been demanding that all online gambling operations in the region be shut down.
While Cambodia has banned online gambling giving in to the demands from China, the Philippines has said they won’t ban offshore online gambling totally. Recently, China also inked a deal with Myanmar to ensure enhanced cooperation to combat cross border cybercrimes and illegal gambling activities.