Blitz On The Way For Chinese Online Gambling

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated Mar 31, 2017

Government plans to crack down hard on online casinos and foreign land operators targeting Chinese high rollers

According to reports in China’s state media the government is planning a major clampdown on attempts by foreign land casino operators to lure high rolling Chinese punters to their casinos, and on the growing problem of illegal online gambling on the mainland.

The state’s Xinhua news agency reported Wednesday that Public Security Minister Guo Shengkun will direct the drive.

The report quoted the minister as saying:

“We must seriously investigate and severely punish those companies and individuals involved in enticing and organising Chinese tourists to gamble in overseas casinos. We must severely punish those casino-related illegal labour agents and crack down on activities for investing in overseas casinos.”

The report notes that Guo has called a special meeting of top police officers with the goal of drawing up plans to tackle cross-border online gambling and halt betting before a Communist Party Congress takes place in Beijing later this year. The event, held every five years, will oversee changes in the country’s leadership.

Guo said the police must be merciless in finding and closing down criminal gangs operating online gambling, and the “underground” banks which support them.

InfoPowa readers may recall the incarceration of fifteen Chinese employees and three visiting Australian sales execs from Australian gambling group Crown last year on allegations that they were marketing and promoting foreiugn gambling opportunities to Chinese nationals. There have also been several Chinese busts of major online gambling groups in recent times.

Brian Cullingworth

Infopowa news was a staple of Casinomeister’s news from 2000 until 2019. Brian Cullingworth was the main writer, contributor, and was one of the most knowledgeable persons I have ever known involved in the online casino industry.

We first met in January 2001 at the ICE in London where I observed him going booth to booth interviewing online casino, software, and licensing jurisdiction representatives. Brian was also heavily involved with our forum as “Jetset“, he was involved as an informal consultant to eCOGRA, the OPA, and was a player advocate who assisted countless aggrieved players with his connections to industry folks. He also published “Casino Cautions” via Infopowa news for quite a number of years. These can be found in our news archives.

His passing in February 2019 was a dark day for us. He will be forever missed.

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