HKJC seeks regional task force to tackle out of control illegal gambling

Horse racing administrators have long talked tough about outlaw betting operators, but it appears key members of the Asian Racing Federation are ready to put words into action with the formation of a regional taskforce to combat illegal gambling. In 2014, the Hong Kong Jockey Club identified the so-called horse racing exchanges, led by CITIbet and AA-Star, as a threat to the integrity of racing in Hong Kong and a drain on betting turnover to the non-profit organization. Further to that, the club has continued to warn authorities of the proliferation of Hong Kong citizens placing bets with even more unregulated operators, which is illegal, and other illegal betting activity throughout the region. Now respected Jockey Club CEO Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges has called for a unified approach from key stakeholders to tackle the issue of illegal betting – a world he suggested is becoming dangerously out of control as the internet renders borders...

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