Macau’s security authorities have confirmed that there are no online gambling websites in the Chinese territory. Sit Chong Meng, Director of the Judiciary Police (PJ), made the information public on Thursday.
The issue of alleged online gambling in Macau was brought into the discussion after a Chinese state media accused junket operator Suncity Group of facilitating online gambling for customers from mainland China at overseas casinos based out of Philippines and Cambodia.
Earlier this week, Economic Information Daily, an affiliate of the state-run media Xinhua News Agency, published a report where it singled out Suncity and alleged that the junket operator was running a massive network of online gambling websites which were based overseas and were created to target customers from mainland China.
“The annual amount bet through online gambling in the mainland is more than one trillion yuan ($145 billion), equivalent to nearly twice the annual income of China’s lottery,” read the report.
While the Suncity group rubbished the report saying that they have been operating in accordance with the local gambling laws and that they do not operate any online gambling website as such, the junket operator also said that they are sorry for the inconvenience caused to the Chinese media and authorities.