Beijing vowed to crack down on gangs setting up online casinos in the Philippines to lure Chinese players and launder money out of the mainland.
The Immigration Department of Malaysia has busted an online gambling syndicate run by Chinese nationals following raids at four residences.
Seven Chinese nationals have been charged over illegal online gambling in Cambodia.
Gambling is illegal in mainland China, but metropolitan Manila has emerged as a leading offshore centre for companies offering punters proxy betting since Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines’ pro-China president, took power in 2016.
Asia’s leading casino junket operator Suncity Group has denied operating illegal online gambling in China, while simultaneously vowing to stop doing anything China views as illegal.
The online gambling industry boasts of being a pioneer in adopting new technologies. Whether it is video gaming designs, marketing or payment systems, online casinos don’t shy away from embracing technology. So, what awaits of the industry in 2019?