Hong Kong gamblers gamble their way through an awkward lockdown

Illegal gambling has increased in Hong Kong during the coronavirus crisis. Photo: AFP

Hong Kong / Society

More illegal gambling in Hong Kong as people stuck at home during coronavirus pandemic bet on winning easy money

Thriving illegal online sites are well designed, with more options to lure gamblers, experts sayClosure of Jockey Club betting centres, cancelled football matches drive gamblers underground

Topic |  Crime in Hong Kong

Published: 10:00am, 3 Jul, 2021

Illegal gambling has increased in Hong Kong during the coronavirus crisis. Photo: AFP

Hong Kong / Society

More illegal gambling in Hong Kong as people stuck at home during coronavirus pandemic bet on winning easy money

Thriving illegal online sites are well designed, with more options to lure gamblers, experts sayClosure of Jockey Club betting centres, cancelled football matches drive gamblers underground

Topic |  Crime in Hong Kong

Fiona Sun

Fiona Sun

It took a year of counselling and a lot of determination for Chris to beat his gambling habit a decade ago. The Hongkonger had to sell his flat to clear a mountain of debt, and almost lost his marriage too.

Then the Covid-19 pandemic struck and the 37-year-old owner of a tourism company watched his income dry up with global restrictions on travel.

The financial pressure triggered his old urge to try and make easy money. Unable to travel to the casinos in Macau, he started going to an illegal gambling den last October, playing the popular card games Texas Hold’Em poker and baccarat.

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Published by technofiend1

Kazan- Kazan National Research Technical University Казанский национальный исследовательский технический университет имени А. Н. Туполева he graduated in Economics in 1982

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