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China allows horse race gambling 60 years after Mao banned it

Posted by Author on December 1, 2008

Saibal Dasgupta, TNN, via Times of India, 30 Nov 2008 –

BEIJING: Mao Zedong abolished organised gambling after the Communist Party acquired power in 1949. Organised gambling on race horses returned to China on Sunday after a span of nearly 60 years since Mao declared gambling along with opium as a serious vice that had to be eliminated.

The first event of betting of race horses took place today in Wuhan in Hubei province in central China.

Spectators were allowed to bet on four horses at the Orient Lucky City racecourse, the official Xinhua News Agency said. The Chinese constitutions still regards gambling as a serious illegality, which is what makes the decision to allow horse race gambling very significant……. (more details from Times of India)

One Response to “China allows horse race gambling 60 years after Mao banned it”

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