Chinese Man jumps Ship and swims to avoid Gambling Debts

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After losing HK$120,000 (US$15,458), a Chinese gambler jumped off a Hong Kong casino ship to avoid paying debtors. Known only as Mr. Lu, his plan was to swim across Victoria Harbour and escape the loan sharks that he borrowed money from.

Mr. Lu, who was wearing only underwear and a life preserver at the time, jumped from his 3rd story cabin window into the water. However, the 33-year-old’s plot was ruined when passengers called the police after seeing him land.

It didn’t take much longer before a police boat picked Mr. Lu up and arrested him. From here, police escorted him to the Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital for treatment after the fall and chilly swim.

Mr. Lu isn’t the only Chinese gambler to take such desperate measures to escape paying off losses. In 2010, another man named Mr. Xu dove off the 13th story of the Genting Hong Kong Star Cruises SuperStar Aquarius. He reportedly lost HK$5,000,0000 (US$642,675) while playing baccarat before making the daring leap. Unfortunately, Mr. Xu didn’t survive the long fall and was later found by a search and rescue team.

Because of China’s strict gambling laws, casino ships are pretty common around the world’s largest country. These ships get around the laws by sailing into international waters, where they’re allowed to run casino games.

However, that’s not to say that the Chinese government appreciates them. Aside from the previously described ship-jumping incidents, another reason why government officials loath water-based gambling is because it causes various social problems within the country. Most Chinese officials would rather that live gambling be contained within their special administrative region, Macau. Of course, this is easier said than done since China’s 1.3 billion residents make it a very lucrative gaming market.

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