HONG KONG: The head of Macau’s largest junket operator is being questioned by police after authorities on the Chinese mainland issued a warrant for his arrest, the gambling enclave’s government said on Saturday.

Alvin Chau, head of Suncity Group, is wanted by prosecutors in China’s Wenzhou city on alleged cross-border gambling activities and causing “severe damage to the social order of the country”, state media reported.

Almost all gambling is forbidden in China but permitted in Macau, a former Portuguese colony that boasts a bigger casino industry than Las Vegas.

The vast majority of punters are mainlanders and junket operators like Suncity arrange for high-rollers to come to Macau for legal gambling. Macau’s government confirmed Chau was among a group of people taken in for questioning on Saturday over the warrant.

Published in Dawn, November 28th, 2021

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