Over 4,000 illegal gambling machines seized in recent police raids were just destroyed in Shanghai’s Baoshan district, according to local officers.
Around 2,100 unlicensed video game centers have been shuttered this year, leading to the detainment of more than 4,250 people—150 of whom will face trial. In the most recent raid, 379 gambling machines were confiscated along with some 20,000 yuan.
‘Legal gambling machines’ are often used in department store promotions and offer vouchers to winners, but sometimes they are modified for illegal use. Police now want manufactures to install “black box” devices that will raise alarm if one of the machines is tampered with.
One Shanghai police official said that the illicit gambling dens have so far been detected in gaming centers, billiard rooms, internet cafes and apartment rooms. No word on what’s become of those kid casinos.