Number of Gambling Machines Seized in Malaysia in 2012

In the Malaysian district of Kota Setar, police reported seizing 4,194 computer gaming machines that were used to process illegal gambling activities between January to August 2012. The machines were seized over the course of 708 operations.

During the same time period in 2011, police seized 1,230 computers with illegal gambling games installed. Police conducted 204 raids during that time period.

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Illegal Gambling in Puerto Rico

Illegal slot machines in Puerto Rico causes annual losses of $200 Million to the Government’s tax revenue, according to gaming officials.The illegal slot machines are set up in various locations across the United States territory, from bakeries to bars.

In Fiscal Year 2011, the government of Puerto Rico earned $156 Million in revenue from legitimate gambling.

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Gambling Raids in Russia Between 2009 to 2012

Since a federal law was established in July 2009 prohibiting gambling, authorities in Russia have closed over 28,000 illegal gambling houses and 414 underground casinos across the country. During the raids between July 2009 and April 2012, law enforcement seized $1.8 Million in illegal revenue from the gambling activities, and collected $4.5 Million in fines.

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Gambling by College Athletes in the United States

A 2006 research paper by Justin Wolfers, an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Warton School, found that 1 percent of NCAA men’s basketball games between 1989 and 2005 had some sort of illegal gambling affecting the outcome of the game. Out of the nearly 500 games that were affected by illegal gambling, the paper estimated that about 6 percent of the favored teams in the contest were willing to play badly to affect the point spread, a process known as point shaving.

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Money Laundering Through Casinos in Macau

Up to 30 percent of gambling revenue in Macau is estimated to have been brought into the territory through illegal channels. Each Chinese citizen is allowed to bring up to $3,175 (20,000 Yuan). Large bettors bypass this law by purchasing an item with their debit card, immediately returning the item and receiving cash for the return.

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