Illegal Gambling News

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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.

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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.

There are between 700,000 to 1,000,000 illegal casinos and gambling dens located across Thailand, handling between $21 Billion to $27 Billion in wagers.

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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.

Betting on the March Madness basketball tournament is believed to be around $2.5 Billion a year, according to the FBI.

The popularity of betting on college sports is due to gamblers having faith in the integrity of the games. According to research conducted by an academic professor, 1 percent of NCAA Basketball games in a 16 year period was fixed.

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Source:  Gillian Spear, “Think sports gambling isn’t big money? Wanna bet?,” NBC News, July 15, 2013.

In the first five months of 2013, officials sealed 77 illegal dens and conducted 148 gambling inspections. It also submitted 70 requests to the electric company to shut down electricity to the illegal gambling dens.

Despite these enforcement measures, officials report that there are at least 1,435 illegal gambling dens operating in the state.

Source:  Tarani Palani, “More than 1,000 illegal gambling dens still in S’gor,”, July3, 2013.

An investigation conducted by the Committee of Institutions and Transparency of the Greece Parliament found that the annual turnover in illegal gambling in the country is $7.7 Billion (€6 Billion). Out of that total, $1.29 Billion (€1 Billion) of betting is on the Internet.

Source:  Maria Arkouli, “Six Billion Annual Loss From Illegal Betting,” Greek, May 29, 2013.

A survey conducted by the Global Cyber Security Response Team in India found at least 10,500 websites on the Internet that allowed for gambling and betting activities. Many of the websites were administered and and set up in countries where online gambling is legal, such as the United Kingdom and Australia.

Although Internet gambling is illegal in countries such as India, many customers are able to place wagers on cricket matches at these websites. The gambling websites don’t accept credit cards from India, but those restrictions are easily bypassed through the use of e-wallet accounts and online payment systems.

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Source:  Laigh A. Khan, “Betting is a mere click away,” Hindu, May 28, 2013.

Nearly $54 Billion is illegally bet on sports in India each year, according to the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

Although sports betting is illegal across the country, many backstreet bookies accept bets from customers wanting to gamble on cricket.

Up to $50 Billion is illegally bet on cricket around the world each year.

(More statistics about illegal online sports betting.)

Source:  AFP, “Make betting legal, says top Indian body,” Google News, May 25, 2013.

According to the National Assembly Budget Office, the volume of money that is illegally gambled in South Korea is estimated to be $67.3 Billion (75 Trillion South Korean Won).

The volume of wages placed in illegal gambling operations in South Korea increased by 41 percent since 2008.

The legitimate size of the gambling industry in the country is $15.2 Billion, or roughly 22 percent the size of the illegal gambling industry.

Source:  “Illegal Gambling Industry in Excess of 75 Tril. Won…NA Budget Office,” Korea IT Times, May 22, 2013.

The Windor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce reported to Senators that up to $13.9 Billion (14 Billion Canadian) was being illegally gambled in Canada.

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Source:  “Gambling addicts, senators oppose single sports betting,” CBC News, April 30, 2013.