Long before the Internet was invented and made available to the wide public, land-based casinos were the ones that dominated the gambling landscape. And the story of land-based casinos starts all the way back in 1638 with the Ridotto. Situated in the mind-blowing Venice, the Ridotto was the cornerstone for a phenomenon that enjoyed extraordinary developments across the years.
Weibo said it identified over 6.4m unauthorized gambling promotions and closed more than 3m illegal gambling accounts in just the second half of 2019. Weibo ‘disposed of’ 360k short links for gambling and ‘vulgar diversions’ in the final three months of the year.
Pol Lt Gen Chettha said the three suspects entered the country as tourists about three months ago. They were each paid 60,000 baht a month to look after the Bangkok-based operation, which served about 300 South Korean gamblers and had monthly turnover of 3 million baht, he added.
“if Cambodia’s economy continues to rely on online gambling, Cambodia’s national security will be compromised.” Hun Sen added that Cambodia risked becoming “a haven for money laundering” by “organized crime groups who will come to Cambodia to carry out their activities.”
Makati City has indefinitely suspended the issuance of business licenses and permits to service providers for Philippine offshore gaming operators, or Pogos, because the sudden rise of this business has created a local real estate bubble that is near bursting point, and increasing crime, including prostitution, committed by the companies — mostly Chinese employees.
The police have not yet found the leader behind the call center. Zaini said that they have Chinese nationals as their clients, and all the transfers were made directly to the banks in China.
Taxation of POGOs has become a hot topic in the Philippine legislature, with proposals to impose a variety of levies on the sector to ensure the government was getting a proper share of online gambling revenue.