It is not always a bad thing to be a snitch. It could earn you some income in China. The Ministry of Public Security is offering a new way to combat cross-border gambling.
Concerned citizens or former players can be the tattletales on international operators. It will work on a trial basis with rewards up to RMB50K (US$7K) for both land-based and online venues.
Mainland Chinese cannot travel to illegal jurisdictions, those other than Macau. However, they are being lured by special promotions. For example, there is the Primorye gaming zone in Russia’s far east. In fact, the Tigre de Cristal casino is soon to become a second gaming arena.
A lot is at stake for the finks who offer helpful tips against individuals and companies, especially if convictions are reached. They will supplement the efforts of the anti-gambling actions of the People’s Bank of China (PBOC).
It is working with government ministries to crackdown on cross-border migration for the purpose of gambling.
Pilot programs are underway in Hebei and Shejiang provinces, as well as the city of Shenzhen (Guangdong province) to watch for large transactions. The PBOC had envisioned the program months ago with an eye on wagers exceeding RMB100k ($14,110) per day in Hebei, RMB200k in Shenzhen and RMB300k in Zhejiang.
In addition, business account transactions over RMB500k must be registered.