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HK police smashes World Cup gambling bloc

2010-06-13 07:13:00 GMT2010-06-13 15:13:00 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

HONG KONG, June 13 (Xinhua) -- Hong Kong police launched multi- action against illegal gambling on football World Cup when a face value of 65 million HK dollars (about 8.33 million U.S. dollars) betting slips were seized in a raid on a gambling bloc on Saturday.

According to reports from local media on Sunday, six men and a woman were arrested in a flat in Yuen Long for handling bet and money laundering. Three computers and about 60,000 HK dollars in cash were taken away.

Police also smashed the 12 betting stands in the ring, arresting another 15 suspects.

A police officer in charge of the action was quoted by Singtao Daily as saying that it was a joint movement of Hong Kong- Guangdong police.

"There are more than 30 suspects arrested in the action in Guangdong, including HK residents," said the officer, adding the action was moving on.

The operation followed a police raid late on Friday during the opening match of the World Cup when a face value of about 16 million HK dollars (about 2.05 million U.S. dollars) betting slips were seized, half of which took bets on World Cup matches.

A couple was arrested and suspected of placing bets for a commission of 2 percent of the betting value.

The police said a total 25 people were arrested during the actions so far and would give a briefing later on Sunday.

According to the Gambling Ordinance of HK, anyone who bets with a bookmaker is liable to a fine of 30,000 HK dollars (3846.2 U.S. dollars) and nine months in prison. (1 U.S. dollar is about 7.8 HK dollars)

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