Professor I. Nelson Rose interviewed for ABC TV Australia piece on organized crime involvement in Macau gambling junkets

ABC Australia, 4 Corners, September 15, 2014


The high roller shows up. The junket operator gives him $100,000 in what are called “dead chips” – a few at a time – and the player bets with those. If the player loses then he needs to get more dead chips. If the player wins, he gets paid off in real chips and the… it’s a way for the junket operator to keep track of it.

The advantage for the casinos is: they don’t have to be involved in the collection of gambling debts.

LINTON BESSER: Gambling law expert Nelson Rose says the fact that gambling debts cannot be enforced via the courts in China creates opportunities for organised crime.

I. NELSON ROSE: If the junket operator comes upon somebody who doesn’t have the money or refuses to pay for whatever reason, then they can’t go to court. And certainly the stories are that they then use… they turn to organised crime to enforce the gambling debt using violence and threats of violence.

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