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Betting in Hong Kong not Worth Risks

20 June 2002

HONG KONG – As reported by the International Herald Tribune: "Brazil to win the World Cup? Don't bet on it. Germany? Don't bet on that either. Turkey? Very risky. Indeed, if you like the occasional gamble and are unlucky enough to be in Hong Kong take my advice and don't bet at all. The risk: losing your money? No, a criminal record

This place, which proclaims itself `Asia's world' and the regional `cyberport' this supposed bastion of competition and risk-taking, has scored a breathtaking own goal. Just in time for the World Cup, the government has pushed through legislation outlawing betting on any event outside Hong Kong

The only betting now permitted within Hong Kong is on local horse racing or a lottery. So be warned, tourists and visiting businessmen: If you log on to the Internet or pick up the phone and place a bet with an online site or your bookmaker back home, you will be committing a crime

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