Over 60 gamblers and employees have been arrested after Shanghai police raided an underground casino that was handling around a million yuan in bets everyday, Global Times reports.
The police said they received a tip from Shanghai Television Station which was working on an exposé about the casino.
According to the exposé, which aired on Saturday, the casino had been operating out of a commercial building at the intersection of Gumei and Gulong roads in Minhang district for months. The first floor was an arcade with more than a dozen video gambling machines while the second floor was packed with gamblers betting on table games such as baccarat.
A casino employee told the undercover reporter that the casino handled at least one million yuan in bets each day.
The police said that they uncovered a VIP room on the third floor that was only accessible by a secret stairwell. The stairwell was behind a keypad-locked door at the end of a passage hidden by a mirrored wall. VIP gamblers played at 1,000 yuan minimum bet tables.
When the officers discovered the VIP room, which was locked from the inside, the gamblers inside smashed a hole in the wall to the adjacent restaurant in an attempt to escape, only to discover other officers waiting for them.
The casino had surveillance cameras both inside and out. Its security guards carried walkie-talkies while they kept an eye out for police and all windows were secured with bars and locks.
The casino had leased the space through several layers of middlemen to hide the fact that a gambling establishment was operating there, said Jin Wei, deputy head of the Gumei police station.
Police confiscated more than 80,000 yuan from the casino.
[By Sam Canpadee // Image credit: @dahlstroms]