This Tuesday police have raided a house in Thailand's Chiang Mai province, where they arrested 14 men and 3 women. All of them were using a notebook to facilitate illegal wagering for customers from China. All of them had also arrived in Thailand with a tourist visa.
The leader of this group told police that he had rented the house on August 5th. He says that the house had been used as a branch of a company which operates in China. Like a lot of the South Koreans that were busted for the same crime in Thailand, this Chinese group chose to open up shop in the country due to the lenient punishments for gambling offenses.
China has already suspended all online lottery sales when they found out that a lot of provincial lottery administrators weren't reporting all of the online sales while pocketing the extra money. This has had a huge impact on a lot of companies that operated in this area.
A financial consultant told China Daily that this online suspension had forced a lot of online companies to completely rework their businesses. They said that this suspension was an attempt by the government to have more control over the online lottery sector rather than completely stopping the industry. They suggested that the government might issue formal online licenses before the end of 2015.