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Hong Kong Football Betting Break Requested

4 Nov 2004

HONG KONG – As reported by the China Standard: "An advocacy group has called on the Hong Kong Jockey Club, the sole legal bookmaker of football betting in the SAR, to introduce a one-month break each year to `cool down addicted punters'.

"The advocacy group also urged the government to control the number of matches that can be wagered on, to control the `gambling atmosphere'.

"`The break could be the time [addicted] punters realise they are addicted,' Hong Kong Gambling Watch convener Wong Hak-lim said.

"The Watch is a group of educators, religious leaders and social workers which monitors football gambling.

"…Legislators and the Football Betting and Lotteries Commission, established by the government last August to monitor its impact, were not doing their job, according to Wong.

"…Lotteries Commission chief Moses Cheng said on Thursday a meeting would be held soon to discuss the recommendations given by the Watch…"

 
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