HK$12.3m in illegal soccer betting slips seized

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 17 June, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 17 June, 2010, 12:00am

Undercover police officers arrested ten suspected bookmakers and seized soccer betting slips worth HK$12.3 million in three operations against illegal soccer gambling.

At 2.30pm yesterday, a couple from Peng Chau was arrested for operating a family-style soccer and horse betting centre, and betting slips worth HK$8 million and a computer were seized. Police said the pair, aged 52 and 49, were arrested in a grocery store on Wing On Street on the outlying island, where they were alleged to have operated the betting since 2008. They were held last night.

In another of the cases, officers posing as truck drivers went to an open car park near Ha Tsuen in Ping Ha Road, Tin Shui Wai, during the match between New Zealand and Slovakia on Tuesday night.

Seven men aged 37 to 48 were found with two laptops when officers raided a cargo container used as the car park's office at about 9pm, police said. Slips worth about HK$4 million were found in the laptops, said officers, who seized HK$80,000 cash.

Police believe it was a soccer-gambling syndicate operating for about a month on bets from truck drivers. Last night, the men were held and no one had been charged.

During the Netherlands-Denmark match on Monday night, officers posing as customers in a bar in Jaffe Road, Wan Chai, arrested the 43-year-old man in charge of the pub and seized bets with a face value of HK$430,000 and a computer.

The raids followed an operation on Saturday in which 70 people were arrested and more than HK$100 million worth of illegal bets on World Cup soccer matches were seized.