Online Illegal Gambling Myths

Online illegal gambling activities have become increasingly rampant over recent years.

Recognize the below misconceptions. Stay alert, and avoid breaching the law.

In Hong Kong, betting with gambling websites registered overseas would not breach the law?

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Answer: Even if gambling websites are registered overseas, as they are not licensed nor exempted in Hong Kong, betting with such websites would breach the law.

Only bookmakers of illegal gambling websites would breach the law?

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Answer: According to the Gambling Ordinance, in Hong Kong, any person that bets with online gambling platforms not offered by the Hong Kong Jockey Club would breach the law.

In Hong Kong, betting with online casinos or online e-sports gambling websites would not breach the law?

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Answer: As both online casinos and online e-sports gambling platforms are not licensed nor exempted in Hong Kong, betting with these websites would breach the law.

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The maximum penalty for betting with illegal bookmakers is a HK$30,000 fine and 9 months’ imprisonment