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    Default Chinese government sentencing sportsbook affiliates

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    Law enforcement agencies in China continued the crackdown on internet gamblers as well as promoters of online sportsbooks and casinos. Despite the government's best efforts to stop online gambling, which is currently illegal in mainland China, the number of Chinese citizens gambling at online casinos has been rapidly growing each year.

    Gamblers in China are beginning to discover the convenience and dependability of online casinos and sportsbooks, over local bookies, who frequently disappear with the money or refuse to acknowledge that a bet was even placed.

    The Chinese legal system is becoming overwhelmed by a deluge of freshly arrested online gamblers, and sportsbook casino promoters. Judges of the Peoples Republic of China Criminal Courts began to sentence affiliates or promoters of online casinos to 10 year prison terms under the strict Chinese gambling laws, in an effort to discourage the spread of illegal online gambling.

    The Criminal Act of 2006, introduced a new charge of 'operating an illegal casino', which is punishable by a ten year prison term as well as a large fine. Promoters, who are also known as affiliates, of online sportsbooks in China generate large commissions by introducing new players to specific online casinos and sportsbooks.

    All losses generated by gamblers referred to the casino by the affiliate are usually equally split between the casino and the promoter. The affiliates are now arrested and charged with the 'operating an illegal casino' offense, since the affiliates receive - 'a substantial portion of revenues generated by the casino from the gamblers referred by each affiliate, who therefore become part owners of the illegal establishment.'
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    Wow looks pretty tight in China, 10 years is a bit harsh I'd say!

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    hmmm,

    I wonder, if any of affiliates here visited Macau and the authorities found out you we were an affiliate, would you be in danger of being arrested?

    What if you were in Macau and you were using your computer to upload to your portal, would that be taking a risk?

    Just a thought...
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    I wonder how that would relate to real world casino promoters too. From what I understand the Macau casinos also work with "promoters" or "agents" who organise casino players, and those promoters can send those land based casinos players.

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    This is extreme. Come on 10 years, that ridiculous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by penny-slot-machines View Post
    hmmm,

    I wonder, if any of affiliates here visited Macau and the authorities found out you we were an affiliate, would you be in danger of being arrested?

    What if you were in Macau and you were using your computer to upload to your portal, would that be taking a risk?

    Just a thought...
    Sorry for my bad English, but i try to explain. Under the policy of "one country, two systems", the PRC's Central People's Government is responsible for the territory's defense and foreign affairs, while Macau maintains its own legal system . Like Hong Kong, Macau and Mainland China have different laws. Macau law is broadly based on Portuguese law, and therefore part of the civil law tradition of continental European legal systems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wagerjunction View Post
    This is extreme. Come on 10 years, that ridiculous.
    You said it. They're really up with a good deal of serious trouble to any affiliate caught. But I don't think that that scare an affiliate who've already made a million from revenue shares.

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    I am interested to see what the long term effects of this are.

    10 Years is way out of line for advertising.

    And where do they get the idea that affiliates get an equal split of revenue generated?

    And where do they get the idea that earning a commission which is based on a pecentage of sales earns the affiliate and ownership rights?

    In fact, almost all affiliate agreements are VERY clear that in no way does the mere promotion of them earn the affiliate any ownership, or any other rights really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by universal4 View Post
    I am interested to see what the long term effects of this are.

    10 Years is way out of line for advertising.

    And where do they get the idea that affiliates get an equal split of revenue generated?

    And where do they get the idea that earning a commission which is based on a pecentage of sales earns the affiliate and ownership rights?

    In fact, almost all affiliate agreements are VERY clear that in no way does the mere promotion of them earn the affiliate any ownership, or any other rights really.

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    Exactly!!! Thanks for pointing these loopholes so clearly Rick.

    Where on earth did they dig up the belief that affiliates are "part owners of the illegal betting establishment"???

    I'll say it again: Freaking Ridiculous!!!
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    That's a comunist regime. The government can do whatever it says.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Imperator View Post
    That's a comunist regime. The government can do whatever it says.

    100% agree! Comunist regime = No Rights = No Law.

    I born in Ex-USSR in 1976 and i remember Comunist regime - this Crazy, Idiotic regime.
    This was realy crazy times.

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    Wow, 10 years for gambling.....That seems very extreme...
    In Canada, you can be out of jail in 10 years with good behavior for murder....lol
    Not that I am condoning that or anything.... Just using it as a reference....

    In Ontario, the government runs most of our land based casinos and lottery, and they are about to launch an online casino platform in 2012 as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WinYourWayKyle View Post
    In Ontario, the government runs most of our land based casinos and lottery, and they are about to launch an online casino platform in 2012 as well.
    Could you shed some more light on the platform? Would be interested to see whats in the works from a government!

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    wow. that is brutal.

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    "in an effort to discourage the spread of illegal online gambling."
    It seems like the system of the government there was gratuitous. Well then, if that would be the case, you'd better take off within the land of China to prevent yourself from being imprison. However, gambling businesess who have migrated in there would have to deal with an option of ending the business and lose their shares within the land, or continue the business although they have to hide their existence to the government - this decision may become difficult for those affiliates who wish to continue.

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