The Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Executive Director of Betting Henry Chan has been inducted into the Lottery Industry Hall of Fame, becoming its first-ever Chinese member. This prestigious international honour underlines the high reputation that Hong Kong's lottery operations and business model command worldwide.
The Lottery Industry Hall of Fame was founded by the Public Gaming Research Institute, an international body providing news and information on the global gaming industry, as a means of honouring those who have made long-standing contributions to their organisations and countries, while upholding the values of excellence and integrity throughout their careers. Only existing inductees are allowed to propose the nominations and a judging panel then votes on the final recipient.
HKJC Chief Executive Officer Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges was among the first to offer Mr Chan his warm congratulations. "Being the first Chinese inductee of the Lottery Industry Hall of Fame is not only a great honour for Henry himself, but also for Hong Kong," he said. "It reflects the wide recognition that the HKJC has gained for its not-for-profit business model and the benefits this brings to the community.”
"I am most grateful for Henry’s long-time tireless efforts and guidance, which have helped the Club establish a high reputation for its integrity and business model and earn exceptional faith from the people of Hong Kong," Mr Engelbrecht-Bresges commented.
Mr Chan said he felt greatly honoured and delighted to receive such a prestigious award. “I would like to thank the HKJC for its trust in me throughout the years, allowing me to participate in many significant projects that have successfully helped the Club deliver excellent products and services, providing world-class sporting and betting entertainment for our customers,” he said.
Mr Chan has worked for the Club since 1974 and has been responsible for the development of the Mark Six lottery, horse race and football betting. Over this period, the Club has established stringent procedures for the monitoring, security and operations of its betting services, ensuring that customers can be confident they are run with complete fairness and transparency.
The Club's highly sophisticated operations have also gained much respect worldwide over the years, as reflected in Mr Chan's election to prominent posts in the industry such as Chairman of the Asia Pacific Lottery Association from 2004 - 2008 and Vice President of the World Lottery Association (WLA) since 2008. He was the first Asian candidate to take up the WLA Vice-Presidency.
Building on its active participation in the international lottery arena, the HKJC provides consultancy support to a number of other lottery operators in the region and also helps promote responsible gaming best practices.
Last year, the Club’s effort to implement responsible gambling programmes won international recognition when it became the first operator in Asia (outside Australia) to receive top-level accreditation under the WLA's Responsible Gambling Framework.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club
Founded in 1884, The Hong Kong Jockey Club has become one of Hong Kong's best known and respected organisations, providing the public with world-class sporting entertainment as well as being the city's major non-Government community benefactor, now donating more than HK$1 billion a year to charitable and community projects. It has been a part of Hong Kong through good times and bad, sharing the city's growth and development with its people, and is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for future generations.
The Hong Kong Jockey Cluba£į?s Executive Director of Betting Henry Chan (left) is inducted into the Lottery Industry Hall of Fame at a ceremony in London. Presenting the memento is Paul Jason, Chief Executive Officer of the Public Gaming Research Institute.
Henry Chan (2nd from left, front row) joins other inductees of the Lottery Industry Hall of Fame for a group photo.