China’s Ministry of Public Security has outlined its efforts to hobble unauthorized gambling amid new data that estimates 11 million of its citizens gamble online daily.
China is still facing a bit of a challenge in suspending such operations. However, the Ministry said it had resolved 3,500 gambling cases and arrested 7,500 suspects.
Some 2,260 gambling platforms have been destroyed, and efforts have led to the destruction of ancillary services such as marketing agencies, affiliates and technical support hubs.
Another focus has been illegal payment platforms which have been largely to blame for Chinese citizens' success in completing gambling transactions.
While the country is focusing mostly on facilitators and operators, Chinese authorities may also target citizens who have been gambling recklessly.
Overall, China is really cracking down on everything gambling-related. In fact, tourist agencies are now liable under a new criminal law that states that should they facilitate “gambling getaways,” they will be pursued with the full severity of the law.
These measures may seem extreme, but it's related to a string of kidnappings that have been taking place involving Chinese nationals lured to exotic destinations to gamble.
China is also reportedly using state-sponsored hackers to disrupt gambling platforms worldwide, and specifically those that may offer gambling products to its customers.
While China is off limits for some of the best cryptocurrency casinos, BitStarz, Bitcasino and 1xBit are still very much happy to accept Chinese nationals so long as they play outside of banned jurisdictions.
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