Macau’s Gaming Inspection and Coordination bureau (DICJ) has urged casino operators to enhance monitoring the implementation of phone bets (proxy bets) ban in casinos.

The statement was issued in connection with the recent arrest of a criminal group of 17 people involving in illegal online proxy betting operations inside a VIP room in a casino from Cotai.

In addition, DICJ advised casino stiff to pay special attention to the VIP rooms monitoring  and to immediately report any questionable situations.

The ban on proxy betting in Macau was imposed on May 9, 2016, as part of China’s anti-corruption campaign.

Phone betting is a practice whereby third party makes a bet in person on a VIP room table game, on behalf of a client ordering the wager via a mobile online device or telephone.

One problem with telephone betting is that the practice risks creating a loophole regarding the “know your customer” protocol. Such a protocol is encouraged under best international practices on tackling the threat of money laundering.

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