20 held after raid on illegal casino in Yau Ma Tei
Refugee claimants are among the 19 gamblers arrested in the early morning operation
Hong Kong officers arrested 20 people in an early morning raid on an illegal casino set up in a Yau Ma Tei apartment in Kowloon, which lured gamblers with electronic fishing machines and e-gaming tables.
At 2am, a Hong Kong man surnamed Chow was arrested for operating the illegal casino in an apartment on 66 Parkes Street, Oriental Daily reported.
Gambling is illegal in Hong Kong, except at Jockey Club branches and casino games are only available in Macau.
Four male refugee claimants – two from Pakistan and two from India – were among the 17 men and three women arrested.
The police seized two electronic fishing machines, 20 stored-value cards, a card reader and HK$15,000 (US$1,931) in cash from the casino, which was controlled by a triad group.
The illegal casino had been open for three months and was making HK$500,000 a month, reported Ming Pao Daily, citing the police.