Taiwan officials launch inquiry into crypto betting on election results: Report

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Several Taiwanese residents were reportedly using the decentralized betting platform Polymarket, the same platform that saw record-breaking trading volumes during the 2020 United States election.

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Taiwan officials launch inquiry into crypto betting on election results: Report

With the Taiwan presidential election looming within a month, residents of Taiwan have been reportedly warned against using cryptocurrency betting platforms to wager on the presidential outcome. This advice comes amid an ongoing investigation, with several individuals already called for questioning.

According to a recent local report, a number of Taiwanese citizens have participated in the decentralized betting platform Polymarket to place bets on the upcoming presidential election scheduled for January 13, 2024.

“The community reported that several individuals have been summoned for investigation by prosecutors and investigators for participating in Polymarket bets,” the report stated.

Taiwan presidential election odds. Source: Polymarket

However, participating in election-related gambling activities in Taiwan is against the law. It was noted that it potentially violates Article 88-1 of the Election and Recall Act.

The report added there is a potential for a six-month imprisonment, detention, or a fine up to NT$100,000, which is approximately $3,188 USD.

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Just last year, Polymarkets faced regulatory challenges in the United States. 

Headquartered in New York, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) initiated legal proceedings against the platform in January 2022.

The CFTC claimed that the platform had been operating an “illegal unregistered or non-designated facility” since June 2020.

However, during the 2020 U.S. election, Polymarket saw significant trade, posting a new volume record of more than $10 million.

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