Online Gambling Ban in China, Closed in Cambodia, Now Booms in PH

Updated: Jan 20, 2020

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Gambling in China is Illegal

Gambling in China is illegal under Chinese law[1] and has been officially outlawed since the Communist Party took power in 1949.[2] Any form of gambling by Chinese citizens, including online-gambling, gambling overseas, opening casinos overseas to attract citizens of China as primary customers, is considered illegal.


Cambodia bans online gambling

Prime Minister Hun Sen said this week that he would make the online gambling ban permanent after first announcing a halt in August, saying that the industry had been used by foreign criminals to extort money.

Officials will begin inspecting all casinos nationwide beginning Jan. 1 to make sure they have shut down their online operations, Ros Phearun, deputy director-general of the Finance Ministry’s financial industry department, told Reuters.


Despite China call for ban, Duterte says PH needs online gambling

Despite the Chinese government’s call to ban offshore gambling, President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday SAID the country needs online gaming business.


There are 138,000 foreigners employed by POGOs as of May 2019, with 83,760 of them holders of special work permits allowing them to stay in the country.


14,000 POGO workers lack work permit

At least 14,000 foreign workers of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations have no working permits as required by the Philippine government and considered as illegal workers, the Labor department said Monday.

Bureau of Local Employment Director Dominique Tutay said that, for the first semester of the year, 51,000 Alien Employment Permits were issued to POGO workers but, based on an inspection of 177 POGO service providers, 171 of which are based in Metro Manila, 8,000 foreign workers were working without AEPs while 6,000 did not comply with the Bureau of Immigration.


China has a new casino: the Philippines

Gambling is illegal in China, but that didn’t prevent Fan Zheng from betting tens of thousands of dollars online.

The online boom was set in motion when Duterte signed Executive Order No. 13 in 2016, stripping two small regional economic agencies of the authority to issue offshore gambling licenses and handing it to the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp., which is both a national regulator and a gambling operator.

Almost overnight, investors in the Philippines and elsewhere in Southeast Asia seized the new opportunity to reach Chinese gamblers.


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