The winning purse of a cockfighting match in Los Angeles, California can be as high as $15,000, according to sheriff officials.
In 2010, up to 400 roosters were seized during illegal gambling raids in the San Bernadino area of California. In addition to the roosters, 43 people were prosecuted for running illegal cockfighting rings.
On average, about 100 people are arrested for cockfighting rings in California each year.
(More profits and earnings from black market activities here.)
Source: Sandra Endo, “Illegal Animal Fights on the Rise in LA,” My Fox LA, November 19, 2013.
Drug dealers in Britain use electronic gambling machines across the nation to launder money that they earned through illegal drug sales.
According to a report in the Guardian, the dealers insert drug money into the fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) and then cash out to make it seem that drug money is gambling winnings.
The dealers are aware that gamble at least 40 percent of the money wagered in order to avoid being flagged for suspicious activities. One dealer stated that he simply puts £20 on black £20 on red, and £2 on 0, and plays until he passes the 40 percent level.
By feeding the terminals with drug money and then cashing out, the drug dealers are able to have a receipt that shows how much money was cashed out Thus, if they are ever stopped by police, the drug dealers can point to the receipt to show why they are holding so much cash.
There are 33,345 fixed-0dds betting terminals across the United Kingdom. Each one is able to process a £100 bet every 20 seconds. One machine can gross about £900 a week.
Source: Randeep Ramesh, “The gambling machines helping drug dealers ‘turn dirty money clean’,” Guardian, November 8 2013
In 2012, security agencies in Greece conducted raids against 1,000 establishments that were operating as an illegal casino. The raids resulted in nearly 11,000 casino machines being seized and around 5,000 people for illegal gambling activities.
In the first 5 months of 2013, police closed down 363 illegal casinos in Greece. The raids in the first 5 months of 2013 resulted in 4,014 video lottery terminals being seized and 1,889 people being arrested.
Source: Stathis Kousounis, “Illegal casinos depriving Greek state of considerable revenues,” ekathimerini.com, August 13, 2013.
An estimated $2.6 Billion is illegally gambled on offshore gambling websites by residents of the United States each year. By comparison, between $2 to $3 Billion is wagered on sports in legal casinos in the state of Nevada.
In total, Americans place up to $500 Million in bets, both legal and illegal, on sports each year.
Source: Geoff Freeman, “Policymakers must get on board with online gambling,” Las Vegas Review Journal, September 19, 2103.
Organized crime groups in Japan are running illegal gambling dens where computers display video of casinos in the Philippines and Costa Rica. The players in Japan watch the monitor and place their bets accordingly. The casinos in the foreign country are legal, while the gambling on the feed in Japan is not.
The virtual casino in Japan pays the actual casino 50 cents to receive a point, which is then sold to the gambler in Japan for $1. These points are used as casino chips when playing. 80 percent of the Japanese gamblers play baccarat.
According to law enforcement, these virtual casinos in Japan earn about $50,500 (5 Million Japanese Yen) each month.
Source: “Internet tele-casinos may be newest bet for yakuza groups,” Asahi Shimbum, September 16, 2013.
The head of the Anti-Money Laundering Office in Thailand stated that over $3.7 Billion (120 Million Thai Baht) was laundered out of Thailand in 2011. The amount of money laundered is equal to 12.16 percent of Thailand’s GDP.
Half of the funds that was laundered was generated from illegal gambling, with the rest of the funds being generated from black market activities.
Source: “Thai laundered money ‘mostly from gambling’,” Phuket News, September 4, 2013.
A Romanian Princess was arrested in the US State of Oregon for running an illegal cockfighting ring at her ranch. Along with her husband, a former Sheriff’s Deputy, the couple charged spectators admission and sold food and drinks at the matches, according to the indictment.
Prosecutors stated that the couple made up to $2,000 a day from the illegal cockfighting matches.
(More statistics on illegal gambling.)
Source: Associated Press, “Romanian princess alleged to be part of illegal US cockfighting ring,” Guardian, August 16, 2013.
The Government in Trinidad and Tobago loses around $300 to $400 Million a year in tax revenue due to illegal gambling activities. The major illegal gambling activity in the country is unlicensed “whe whe” plays, which is a form of lottery where gambling pick numbers.
Source: Carolyn Kissoon, “Howai told – Whe whe gambling making $400 million annually,” Trinidad Express Newspapers, August 16, 2013.
According to a study conducted by the Social Research Institute of Chulalongkorn University, 64 percent of citizens in Thailand gambled within the past year, and 63 percent started gambling before they were 24 years old.
Based upon their findings, the study estimates that there are more people illegally gambling than participating in the government lottery.
An estimated 19,923,643 people are believed to participate in an underground lottery in Thailand, compared to 19,211,727 people who play the government lottery.
3,125,705 people illegally gamble at unlicensed gambling dens across Thailand.
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Source: “Study reveals truth behind Thailand’s gambling addiction,” Nation, August 16, 2013.
According to reports by CNBC, between $60 Billion to $70 Billion is illegally wagered on college football in the United States each year.
Between $30 Billion to $40 Billion is illegally gambled on baseball in the United States each year. The amount of money gambled on baseball is lower than football due to the lack of point spreads.
Source: Gillian Spear, “Think sports gambling isn’t big money? Wanna bet?,” NBC News, July 15, 2013.