Anti-online gambling detailed by Chinese Authorities

One illegal website alone pulled in 175 billion yuan in bets last year, officials claim

Chinese enforcement officials have unveiled some interesting statistics related to the country’s determined assault on illegal online gambling websites, reports The China Daily.

On one domestic website alone, gamblers placed 175 billion yuan in bets in 2009, said Wang Xuehong, executive director of the China centre for lottery studies at Peking University.

Police across the country have recently raided several illegal websites and arrested organizers (see previous InfoPowa reports), and report that he turnovers of most websites exceeded 100 million yuan, much of it flowing to overseas owners,

Among the dozens of gambling rings dismantled in East China's Zhejiang province, 60 percent were controlled by foreign organisations, China National Radio reported.

Wang Xuehong suggests that while police operations should be maintained, the key to address the problem requires regulators and operators to think about how to further open up and develop the legal Chinese lottery industry in order to satisfy the demand for gambling by citizens in a positive, safe and controlled manner.

"Illegal gambling websites are cashing in on the demand for better lottery products," she said. "You can't really kill or contain the public's demand for gambling; it's an aspect of human nature, just like eating."

The number of illegal websites has grown because Chinese lottery products are not diverse enough, therefore are not exciting or entertaining enough to attract gamblers, argues Wang.

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