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Taiwanese Betting Law Information

Gambling is illegal in Taiwan. However, numerous illegal gambling activities can be found throughout the country. Bookmakers are forced to operate alongside members of organized crime, and this has resulted in a number of sporting events being fixed.

Wagering is so popular in Taiwan that even political elections receive massive amounts of action. In fact, Taiwan officials have been concerned in the past that so much betting on elections could influence their outcome.

At one time, a lottery was available in Taiwan, but it has since been discontinued.

Due to Taiwan’s poor economy, the government has considered using gambling to boost revenue on more than one occasion. They’ve even went so far as to send officials to Las Vegas to study the gambling situation and the impact it would have on crime. To this point, they continue to believe that the bad would far outweigh the good.

Facts About Taiwan

Taiwan is an island in East Asia. Taiwan is also used to refer to the territories administered by the Republic of China, including the island of Taiwan, Green Island, Lanyu, the Pescadores and Kinmen.

The island of Taiwan is also known as Formosa, and it is located off the coast of mainland China and west of Japan’s Ryukyu Islands.

In the interwar period between World War I and World War II, it appeared that the Chinese nationalists under Chiang Kai-shek would eventually rule China. The Chinese communists under Mao Zedong eventually gained the upper hand in the conflict, driving Chiang's Kuomintang Party from mainland China. This group, including 1.5 million soldiers, party members and Chinese business elite, relocated to Taiwan.

Since that time, Taiwan has been the home to the Chinese Nationalists. The Communists on the mainland do not recognize the independence of Taiwan, claiming it is a break off province. The Taiwanese have maintained an ambiguous stance between reunification with China and complete independence.

The KMT (Kuomintang) Party governmed Taiwan from 1948 to 2000, but eventually lost a democratic election in 2000. The KMT leads a block of voters called the Pan-Blue faction, which favors reunification with China. The current ruling party is the Pan-Green party, led by the Democratic Progressive Party, which prefers a declaration of total independence.

In September of 2007, Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party asserted a separate identity from China and brought about a new constitution. While its formal name will remain the Republic of China, it will now generally be known simply as Taiwan.

The majority of Taiwan residents belong to the Hoklo ethnic group and speak both Standard Mandarin and Taiwanese. Mandarin is still taught in public schools. Japanese and Hakka are also spoken by some residents of the island.

Most Taiwanese adhere to either Buddhism, Taoism or Confucianism. Smaller religious groups include Catholics, Mormons, Muslims and Protestants.

Basketball and baseball are the most popular sports in Taiwan. Badminton, billiards and cheerleading performances are also highly popular.

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