Although Malaysian gambling law authorities declared a war on illegal online gambling in several states there are operators who target the Southeast Asian country with 28 million inhabitants.
Recently, a new and unknown orator called 9 Crown started advertising its services in the region. The operation promises to launch a Malay mobile casino as well as an online version.
The online casino is a result of a partnership between operators self-described as established gaming brands in the Southeast Asian region.
One party behind 9 crown, 855Bet is rumored to be owned by land-based Crown Casino from the Poipet region in Cambodia. It is powered by ASCBET, claiming to be licensed by the Asian Sporting Club, carrying first online gaming license from the Cambodia government.
Another stake holder, AFB88 is an Asian sports bet operator displaying the RGA (Remote Gambling Association) logo on its web page. The website is incomplete and below today’s standards, downloads slowly and displays hardly any information.
The third party involved, WinningFT is an online sports betting site targeted at the Asia Pacific region and Europe. According to industry rumors, it is licensed by First Cagayan Leisure and Resort Corporation in the Philippines and Costa Rica. The website displays the EGBA, ESSA and eCOGRA logos.
GamingZion advises not to play on the 9 Crown casino website until further news are known and the site is reviewed by gambling industry professionals.
The situation of online gambling in Malaysia is difficult at best. There are no Malaysian internet gambling operators, and no licenses are available. Despite the local bans, some Malays play on foreign-operated servers, but authorities take measures against money transfers to these operations.