You Can’t Get Away
Si’s own family was nearly torn apart by his wife’s compulsive gambling at the Chinese game mahjong, and he used to sell mahjong-playing equipment.
He calls online gambling a “virus”.
“If it activates your greed, you can’t get away,” he said.
With the growth of internet access and mobile communications in China, increasing numbers of operators are seeking to take advantage with Chinese-language gambling platforms, according to official data.
Online gambling options abound, offering everything from baccarat to blackjack and sports betting.
Si estimates that 70 percent of such operators set up servers in the Philippines.
In the first half of 2020, Chinese police busted more than 250 cross-border gambling cases, arresting more than 11,500 suspects, according to state media.
Gambling was a huge business in China in pre-Communist times, and there are signs of growing official unease that it could return.
The central government is even planning to impose restrictions on Chinese citizens travelling to overseas tourist destinations where gambling is rife, state news agency Xinhua reported on August 26.