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The Legal Regulation of Gambling in China

China is known for having very strict rules. This is especially true for gambling. However, many people are not aware of exactly what the legal regulations on the subject of gambling look like in the Middle Kingdom. Therefore, the following article is about exactly this topic: The Legal Regulation of Gambling in China and What to Consider. Interested players from the US or China should look at before playing.

Gambling ban for several years
The People's Republic of China is known for its often restrictive policies when it comes to technology and entertainment. Many apps, various services or cryptocurrencies, for example, are banned in China. Therefore, it is not surprising that there has been a ban on gambling in the People's Republic for several years already. This ban applies to online gambling establishments as well as casinos located in the country. With the exception of state-licensed lottery companies, any form of gambling is therefore prohibited in China. It does not matter whether it is a mobile app, such as from, a slot machine or similar. Anything that offers the possibility of making transactions or winning money falls under this heading.

Re-introduction of the ban on gambling in 2020.
Despite the ban on gambling, which has been in place for several years, and despite the government's strict controls to ensure that these bans are adhered to, however, the restrictions are set to go even further. Apparently, the current regulations do not go far enough for the parliament and the Chinese president. Therefore, a new, stricter law will come into force in 2020. This not only bans gambling but also goes into much more detail about how this ban will look in the future. So not only casinos and slot machines are banned. Apps that offer gambling or rely on transactions of money in any way are also banned. In addition, devices such as gripping machines etc. are affected. Since money is paid here and a win is not guaranteed, the devices, which are known in Germany primarily from funfairs and fairs, are considered gambling and are banned.

Elaborate licensing procedure prior to approval
From 2020 onwards, all types of gaming and leisure services in China will also have to be licensed. This procedure is extremely complicated and elaborate. For example, the applicant must not only attach a photo showing the device in an overall view. A report on the exact function and use, on the front-end and back-end, etc. must also be included. The government agencies concerned should thus be able to get an overview of the device and its function and, on the basis of this information, assess whether it is an illegal or a permitted device. But that is not all. If it is a device with sound, then a transcript of the soundtrack used must also be included. If the track is in English or in another language, then the transcript must be submitted both in the original form and in Chinese translation. All in all, this is a very elaborate and complicated procedure, which makes the government's position in this area more than clear.

Severe penalties for non-compliance
Operators who do not comply with the regulations or ignore them will have to expect more severe penalties in the future. The penalties for such violations are already very high at present. In the future, however, improvements will be made in this area as well. In the future, disregarding the laws or licensing rules can result in the person or company in question being placed on the government's blacklist. For the company in question, this means closure. For the directors and officers, such an entry means that they will never again be allowed to open a business or engage in entrepreneurial activity in China. Equally, however, government employees who "turn a blind eye" or are negligent in licensing and monitoring will also be punished. Here, the new regulation now expressly provides that the officials concerned are to be held accountable.

Internet cafés also affected
The new regulation also affects Internet cafés. In future, their operators will have to ensure that there is no access to online casinos or other games of chance via their devices and will also have to prove this. Owners of such cyber cafés who cannot provide this proof must expect the business or computers to fall into the category of gambling. In addition to the closure of the location, high fines and financial penalties are also the consequence. In order to prevent the trouble and the consequences, it is to be expected that in China in the coming

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