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Thousands of Chinese Government Officials Punished for Gambling

Chinese political officials across the country have been punished for gambling, with 7,162 people being dished out penalties for making wagers.

Those punished are spread across the entire country, with representatives from 30 cities and provinces being caught in the dragnet. Those who were found guilty of gambling will face sanctions ranging from warnings to harsh administrative penalties.

Many of the politicians found to be gambling were accepting bribes by being allowed to win at mahjong, while others were stealing money to cover their losses.

China has been on an anti-corruption crackdown, which has seen many Chinese officials staying away from the gambling mecca known as Macau. Because of this crackdown the world's largest gambling market has seen a decrease in revenue during the past four months.