Betting in China
Apart from a few controlled forms, betting is highly illegal in China. The only way a Chinese citizen can legally engage in betting is through state-run lotteries or if they are in the administrative regions of Hong Kong or Macau.
The government runs a Sports Lottery and a Welfare Lottery.
The Sports Lottery offers traditional games like Super Lotto as well as a Football Lottery where you can bet on the Premier League and La Liga. The profits from this form of lottery goes to building sports facilities as well as the education sector and social causes.
The Welfare Lottery offers games including the 3D lottery and the Double Colour Ball. The latter is the most popular form of the welfare lottery. To win you must pick six red numbers from 1 to 33 and a single blue ball from a pool of 1 to 16. To win the top prize, a player must match the entire winning line drawn. There are three draws in a week.
Betting in Hong Kong
As a British colony until 1997 Hong Kong’s law is still based on English Common Law and therefore certain forms of betting are legal and regulated. However, betting using a bookmaker is still illegal in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Jockey Clubs arranges a number of government approved betting options on horse races, football matches and lotteries.
Betting in Macau
Macau is an autonomous region on the south coast of China and was a Portuguese colony until 1999. Betting has been popular in Macau since the 1850s and has come to rival Monte Carlo and Las Vegas as a global betting capital. Today, it is the only part of China where betting is legal. Traditionally it was the centre for Chinese forms of gambling but nowadays you can find every type of casino and sports game out there.
Illegal forms of betting
Unless you are in Macau, Hong Kong or betting on official lotteries then we highly recommend you avoid any form of betting that is not official and therefore unregulated. It is considered highly illegal and you could face serious charges.
The black market is huge in China and according to the International Centre for Sport Security the country’s illegal market is worth US$600. Do not find comfort in these numbers, entering an illegal bet can lead to all sorts of problems, not only with the authorities but also with trying to cash out any winnings. Without a regulatory body it is impossible to guarantee you will receive any winnings or that your card details are secure.