Police in Macau arrested 22 suspects during a raid on an illegal gambling ring that reportedly saw some five billion HKD in bets on World Cup matches in a week. It’s said to be the biggest illicit soccer-betting ring in the city to date.
Reports from the bust showed that one gambler placed a bet of 40 million HKD alone after a raid at a hotel on Thursday found that three rooms had been turned into on operations base that took online and telephone bets from around the world.
A second raid on Friday led to the arrest of four members of another illegal gambling syndicate running out of the same hotel, which was believed to have taken around five million HKD in illegal bets on World Cup matches in one day.
According to SCMP, since the World Cup games kicked off in Brazil, Hong Kong cops have arrested 39 suspects who were suspected illegal bookies raking in 85 million HKD worth of bets on soccer.