Illegal Gambling News

News and information about illegal gambling activities worldwide. To see key statistics and data, visit the main Illegal Gambling, Match Fixing, and Online Gambling page.

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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Source:  Fariza Uzmat, “4,194 gaming computers seized,” New Strait Times, September 25, 2012.

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.

Source:  Associated Press, “Illegal slot machines threaten Puerto Rico casinos,” Google News, August 14, 2012.

An article by the AFP reported that runners for illegal gambling rings can make between $1,566 to $2,349 (2,000 to 3,000 Singapore Dollars) a day handling bets.

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Source:  AFP, “From Euros, to dollars, to Asian match-fixing,” Dawn, June 24, 2012.



According to Interpol and the head of the International Olympic Committee, gamblers place up to $140 Billion of illegal bets and wagers on sports and casino games around the world each year.

Source:  Rob Hughes, “Fighting to Keep World Sports a Fair Game,” New York Times, April 24, 2012,

and Associate Press, “IOC pushing governments to act on illegal betting,” ESPN, February 1, 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.

(More about illegal casinos and gambling houses.)

Source:  “Nearly 30,000 illegal casinos closed since gambling ban in 2009,” RAPSI, April 20, 2012.

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.

(Additional facts about match fixing and sports betting.)

Most of the point shaving cases that occurred in college basketball involved the point guard position.

A survey conducted by the NCAA in 2008 found that up to 30 percent of all male college athletes admitted to betting at least once during the year on either pro or college sports. College athletes are not allowed to gambling on sporting events per NCAA regulations.

Source:  Jon Solomon, “Gambling in college sports is a big worry,” Birmingham News, March 11, 2012.


According to the company Global Betting and Gaming Consultants , online illegal gambling in China is estimated to be worth $562.4 Million a year.

The total amount that is illegally wagered in China is estimated to be as high as $93 Billion.

Source:  Simon Liddle, “Illegal Chinese gaming ‘worth billions’,” InterGame, March 9, 2012.

According to a police study, the average losses that a middle-income worker faces when gambling in illegal casinos in the Malaysian state of Penang is about $16 (50 Malaysian Ringgit) a day.

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Source:  Looi Sue-Chern, “Penang gambling rings raking it in,” New Strait Times, February 12, 2012.

Police reported in 2012 that it had discovered around 500,000 people in Turkey illegally gambling on 400 different gambling websites.

The servers of the websites were located in Cyprus, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. The website operators would allow new clients to quickly win a small amount of money to get the person hooked, and the change the odds heavily in the favor of the website.

Police reported that the owners of gambling websites are in control of the games and can determine who wins or losses.

(More information about illegal online gambling websites.)

Source: Serkan Saglam, “Illegal foreign gambling websites threatening Turkey,” Today’s Zaman.


Up to 30 percent of gambling revenue in Macau is estimated to have been brought into the territory through illegal gambling 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.

(More money laundering statistics.)

Source: Enid Tsui, “Macau casino boom fuelled by illicit cash,” CNN, January 4, 2012.