Soccer fans were warned last night of more police swoops on illegal World Cup betting after 44 people were arrested for alleged gambling on the result of the opening match. Five suspected bookmakers and 39 punters were seized in an early morning raid yesterday by undercover police at the T K Pub on the fourth floor of Kyoto Plaza in Lockhart Road. Minutes before the game between Brazil and Scotland kicked off, the bookmakers allegedly collected bets - each involving thousands of dollars. Officers from the Organised Crime and Triad Bureau's A Division posed as customers, placed bets and made the arrests when they collected their winnings. Police also seized more than $30,000 and notebooks with details of the betting. The 36 men and eight women were last night released on bail. Five of the men, suspected of being bookmakers, aged between 25 and 37, were allowed out on bail ranging between $5,000 and $10,000 while the others were freed on $1,000 bail on self-recognisance. All were ordered to report back to the police on June 25. Superintendent David Ip Wai-keung, head of A Division, said the pub was among about 20 visited on Wednesday night. He suspected some premises that had giant screens to show matches would be used as illegal bookmaking centres. 'We are investigating whether there is a syndicate which runs the bookmaking centres in these pubs.'