China police arrest 93 people in a cross-border online gambling operation

Jenny Ortiz 1 month ago
China police arrest 93 people in a cross-border online gambling operation

93 people were arrested in China’s southwestern province after authorities conducted a major crackdown on cross-border online gambling operations.

According to a China Daily report, Sichuan police seized over 20 million yuan (€2.56 million) in illicit funds.

The report said the network had an operation from the Philippines and it is targeting Chinese gamblers.

The report added that the cross-border online gambling operation boasted nearly a million registered members in China, with illegal transactions exceeding 725.5 billion yuan (€93 billion). 

Out of 93 people arrested, 50 suspects are already charged with running illegal casinos and facing trial.

The probe began after a Sichuan resident lost 100,000

The local media reported that a police probe began in May 2023 after a Sichuan resident lost over 100,000 yuan (€12,830) on a gambling website named “Kakawan.”

Sichuan police then established a task force and eventually uncovered a Philippine-based syndicate managing three online gambling platforms targeting Chinese citizens.

The report further said that many victims fell into debt due to gambling losses.

SiGMA Eurasia and SiGMA Africa – less than a month away

With less than a month until the highly anticipated SiGMA Africa event kicks off in Cape Town, South Africa on the 11th of March, the gaming industry is abuzz with excitement. Building on the success of its inaugural edition in Nairobi, Kenya, in January 2023, SiGMA Africa is strategically positioning itself at the forefront of Africa’s burgeoning gaming landscape. With the continent’s market poised for exponential growth, driven by a rapidly evolving digital ecosystem and increasing mobile connectivity, SiGMA Group recognizes the need to foster collaboration and innovation within the industry. By bringing together leading stakeholders and visionaries in gaming, SiGMA aims to catalyse progress and propel Africa towards a new era of prosperity and opportunity. As the countdown to the event begins, anticipation mounts for what promises to be a landmark gathering of gaming enthusiasts and innovators in the vibrant city of Cape Town.

The fourth edition of SiGMA Eurasia will once again be held at the InterContinental Dubai Festival City. Held between the 25 and 27 February 2024, the summit provides invaluable opportunities for attendees to network with industry professionals, gain exposure to the latest tech and innovations in the sector, meet key decision makers, and gain insight into new markets. 

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