What is Gambling by Proxy?
Gambling by proxy, or ‘proxy gambling’, is the process of making a wager through a casino or betting service via a third party. The process is commonly seen in Asian cities which have legal gaming, where the proxies or agents place bets at real casino tables on behalf of telephone bettors. Proxy gambling is often used by players who live where gambling is illegal, or by high rollers looking to keep their betting transactions anonymous.
Gambling by Proxy Explained
In its simplest sense, gambling by proxy is a way for gamblers to play at real casino venues without having to attend the venue themselves. They get an intermediary or ‘proxy’ to take their money to the table and make the wager for them. The player gets the profit from a winning bet, minus the proxy’s commission, or they pay a small fee for the service if their bet loses.
Proxy gambling is often used to get around gambling prohibition. For example mainland China, which outlaws gambling in most districts, has a high demand for proxy betting among players who cannot travel to Macau and take part in casino games there. Players can call a proxy agent and place a bet with them instead, and the agents hit the tables and act on their client’s behalf.
In many nations, proxy gambling is illegal. Casinos often ban mobile phones and electronic devices from their tables anyway, to prevent cheating, though some VIP rooms and tables may allow their high value players to use their devices. Mobiles are often used to facilitate proxy bets. The gamblers can call their bets in, while the devices can be used to stream the table action live.
Illegal gambling websites are often used in proxy betting. Players access the unlicensed site and make their bet, while the proxies feed back on the games being played as they happen, and place the bets as they come in.