Chinese Govt Raids Online Casino, $519 Million In Bets Confiscated

11 May 2007

Shanghai Daily reported the investigation and arrest of an online casino in which 5 shareholders of the company and 11 senior members were arrested. All together Police seized 4 billion yuan (US$519 million) in bets during a raid in neighboring Jiangsu Province and arrested 37 members of the gang behind it

According to the report, the Public Security Bureau of Yangzhou City, Jiangsu Province, found a netizen who was identified as Chen frequently logged on 13 overseas gambling Websites via different usernames or accounts in mid June last year. Police officers also noticed that the total odds betting via different accounts had reached 4 billion yuan since last January. Yangzhou police filed an investigation on June 30 and got evidence from Chen’s laptop computer, including weekly financial reports for betting and gains.

Chen confessed that he worked for the company from last March and he had made statistics every week on betting odds and calculated the final profit via Microsoft Excel before reporting to two seniors of the company.

The case caught the eye of the Ministry of Public Security, which then ordered Jiangsu police to take charge of the case. Under orders of the Ministry and in cooperation with police in South China’s Guangzhou City, on Sept 13 the Jiangsu police captured all five shareholders and seven senior agents as well as 11 senior members.

Police investigations culminated in this latest raid in which police uncovered the top level of the gambling pyramid which consisted of 26 agents as well as 21 senior members.