Online Gambling Clean-up in Asia

10/25/2011
By Tommie ClarkGoogle

 

Malaysia and Philippines have recently cracked down pretty hard on illegal online gambling operations in their respective jurisdictions.  In Malaysia, 820 people were arrested and 4,036 computers were seized since the beginning of 2011 which is an increase from the total number of arrests (724) and confiscated computers (2,388) last year. 

 

The government is quite serious about its stance on online gambling so much so that they have identified locations such as internet cafes that offer online gambling activities and have set to shut off their power temporarily while investigations ensue.  While the Malaysian police have only been prosecuting the owners and operators of establishments that allow online casinos, they say that they will soon begin to prosecute players as well. 

 

In the Philippines there is a similar stance against online gambling and the police are also busy arresting owners of establishments that allow online gambling.  Recent raids also led to the arrest of organized crime members operating illegal online casinos (the premises were specifically for streaming the casino operations to the web where people would bet through a website, similar to “live casino” games at regulated gambling sites).

 

It will be interesting to see if perhaps Asia will follow in Europe’s footsteps with regard to legalizing online gambling in order to prevent it from being another market operated by gangs and organized crime members. Given the cultural and religious issues, it is unlikely that legalizing gambling will happen in Asia in the near future.

 

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