Taiwan Moves to Make Internet Gambling Illegal

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This week Taiwan's Ministry of Justice announced that they're working to amend its legal code to criminalize online gambling, citing "social and family problems" as their justification for the ban.

The proposed amendment to Articles 266 and 270 would make online betting illegal through closing the loophole that allows betting using the internet, electronics equipment, or telecommunications equipment. Those found guilty will face fines of NT$1,000 with any property used to gamble will be confiscated as well. Gambling in a public place has been illegal since the 1990s in Taiwan, but no laws related to cyber betting were ever passed. Sadly, it looks like the days of Taiwanese players getting a chance to test their luck may be coming to an end.

Speaking about their concerns that online betting online gambling may have on society the Ministry of Justice wrote: "In the long run, players may only want to make money by gambling, so they will not contribute to society and will corrupt the social atmosphere."

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Kingston Li // Asia Correspondent
Kingston Li
Kingston is a big fan of Baccarat and Texas Hold'em Poker and has tested his skills in tournaments around Asia and the world. He covers the latest gambling news from Asia for Casino Listings. In his spare time, Kingston enjoys hiking, video gaming, and playing disc golf.
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21 September 2019 - 4:32pm
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"In the long run, players may only want to make money by gambling, so they will not contribute to society and will corrupt the social atmosphere."

Wow, seems to me that's one of the stupidest thoughts I've had ever read.

Anyway maybe pushing players to gamble illegally would contribute to the "social atmosphere" a lot more.