Hong Kong Jockey Club requests more betting options

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The Hong Kong Jockey Club has proposed to the SAR government that it should be allowed to introduce new betting options in its operations to counteract the rise of illegal bookmakers.

According to The Standard, this proposal, made ahead of Wednesday’s budget announcement, aims to address the increasing activity of illegal gambling in recent years, emphasizing the need for the HKJC to enhance its competitiveness and operational flexibility.

The HKJC suggests that one strategy to tackle illegal gambling is to offer new gambling options that would redirect demand from illegal off-course betting to legal channels.

This, the club believes, would assist the government in its efforts to combat illegal gambling activities, which reportedly generate over HK$15bn ($1.9bn) annually from Hong Kong residents, offering a wide range of gambling activities such as basketball, tennis, and football.

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In response, the Home and Youth Affairs Bureau acknowledged the need to regulate gambling activities while addressing associated social issues, despite not encouraging gambling.

Source: Asia Gaming Brief

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