FleaStiff
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July 15th, 2014 at 10:17:52 AM permalink
Eight people from Malaysia, China and Hong Kong were accused Monday of operating a temporary, illegal gambling ring from exclusive high-roller villas at Caesar's that investigators said logged millions of dollars in bets on FIFA World Cup soccer games.

Wei Seng Phua and others were named in a criminal complaint detailing the scheme to take bets over WiFi and DSL lines they had casino employees install in their suites.

"SBOBET." was one illegal website taking bets.

U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said the Las Vegas operation began shortly after Phua left the Chinese gambling enclave of Macau, where he had been arrested June 18 and posted bail on similar allegations of illegal wagering on World Cup soccer games.
FleaStiff
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July 15th, 2014 at 12:46:10 PM permalink
It seems casino techs turned them in, but the penalties they face are miniscule in relation to ''the handle".

"... Bogden said that if convicted, each could face up to two years in federal prison on an unlawful transmission count and up to five years in prison on an illegal gambling business count, as well as fines on each count of up to $250,000."


http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/accused-illegal-world-cup-betting-vegas-24559898
terapined
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July 15th, 2014 at 3:51:21 PM permalink
I read about this this morning.
I think its stupid to set up an illegal online sports book in a casino hotel.
Gee, wouldn't you think a casino would be thinking, wtf is going on in that suite.
Why not stay at a real nice hotel suite without a casino. A non casino hotel would be thrilled with the business and maybe not snoop.
Casino hotels are constantly snooping, regular hotels don't really snoop like a casino hotel.
Still may get caught but I think the chances are less in a non casino hotel
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FleaStiff
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July 15th, 2014 at 9:18:44 PM permalink
Quote: terapined

I read about this this morning.
I think its stupid to set up an illegal online sports book in a casino hotel.
Gee, wouldn't you think a casino would be thinking, wtf is going on in that suite.
Why not stay at a real nice hotel suite without a casino. A non casino hotel would be thrilled with the business and maybe not snoop.
Casino hotels are constantly snooping, regular hotels don't really snoop like a casino hotel.
Still may get caught but I think the chances are less in a non casino hotel


Best would be to rent rooms during a convention and say the data feeds were needed to demonstrate their product and have a hospitality suite.
sddude24
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July 15th, 2014 at 10:20:05 PM permalink
high comedy. I think I will set up street craps across from the pit next time I'm in there...
FleaStiff
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July 16th, 2014 at 2:00:48 AM permalink
Quote: sddude24

high comedy.

High money too. These were no flunkies. They have their own private jet with them and are being hosted by a poker big wig. I wonder if it was some layoff action or if they knew the results in advance and screwed the sportsbooks?

> I think I will set up street craps across from the pit next time I'm in there...
Subtle. At least you won't have all those techie cable installers. I bet they failed to grease palms of the cable installers.
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July 16th, 2014 at 7:34:22 AM permalink
My best guess is what every bookie fears : A sore loser or an angry wife. They put more bookies in jail than law enforcement.
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FleaStiff
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July 16th, 2014 at 8:06:14 AM permalink
Quote: Buzzard

My best guess is what every bookie fears : A sore loser or an angry wife. They put more bookies in jail than law enforcement.

LOL. I'm sure that is true, but in this particular case, Casino Security and the FBI were on to the scheme prior to there being any sore losers or angry wives because before the cables were all hooked up, the techies knew something was amiss and I bet these foreigners just didn't grease palms sufficiently.
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July 16th, 2014 at 9:50:21 AM permalink
Quote: FleaStiff

... but the penalties they face are miniscule in relation to ''the handle".

Really? It's up to $250,000 PER COUNT.

They could consider each individual bet as a 'count'...
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July 16th, 2014 at 10:32:32 AM permalink
The last time I heard about the Chinese Triad was in a Chuck Norris movie in the early 80's.

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