Peking University's China Public Interest Lottery Research Institute has found that 元600 billion, approximately $75 billion, leaves the country each year through various online gambling activities. Despite being illegal, online gambling continues to grow in the country.
The amount of money leaving the nation through gambling is 15 times the amount issued by the China Lottery and the China Sports Lottery in 2003, and equals the 2004 national tourist revenue.
The China News Service reported that during the World Cup this year, China and Southeast Asian countries accounted for 60% of the €10 billion gambled on the event.
Chinese authorities have been cracking down on illegal gambling in the country, especially since it may involve large sums of money and could potentially develop into criminal activities that authorities believe would pose a great security threat to the nation.
Police have broken up several big online gambling rackets in Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Dongguan and Zhaoqing. Most notable are the cases in Shenzhen where local police cracked down on 15 soccer gambling cases, arresting 53 people and confiscating gambling funds and equipment totaling 元260,000 as well as freezing 元20 million of gambling funds.
The police aren't the only ones working to curb online gambling in China. In early March, the Internet Society of China's Internet News Service Work Committee announced that China's top Internet providers had pledged to self-regulate gaming content among other "unhealthy" content.