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.

Illegal gambling in Israel is estimated to be a $4.1 Billion business (15 Billion Israel Shekels) a year, according to law enforcement agencies in the country.

 Source: Tomer Zarchin, “Tip of the iceberg of Israeli organized crime?,” Haaretz, August 19, 2011.

An estimated $93 Billion (600 Billion Yuan) is illegally gambled in China each year, according to the China Center for Lottery Studies at Peking University.

Gambling is illegal in China, and illegal gamblers connect to oversea betting books over the Internet.

If gambling were to be legalized n China, an estimated 5.6 million jobs would be created.

In 2009, around 600,000 people were arrested for gambling crimes in China.

(Offshore gambling websites and information.)

Source: Duan Yan, “When will the horses run?,” China Daily, August 7, 2011.


In the first six months of 2011, police in the Malaysian state of Selangor conducted 3,876 raids on illegal gambling houses. The number of raids was higher than the 1,366 conducted over the same time period the year before.

Source: “Selangor police struggle to get rid of gambling dens,” Malaysian Star, August 2, 2011.


There are over 250 Internet sports books companies registered in Costa Rica. The gambling sites employs 10,000 people and handles $12 Billion a year in sporting bets. The industry loosely regulated.

(See all illegal gambling statistics and information.)

Source: “2011 International Narcotics Control Strategy:Volume II: Money Laundering and Financial Crimes, Costa Rica,” United States Department of State, March 3, 2011.

All Costa Rica Intelligence.

Although technically illegal in the United States, up to 10 million Americans play online poker for money each year.

(See all information about online gambling in the United States.)

Source: Katie Connolly, “Online poker: US states gamble on making it legal,” BBC News, March 25, 2011.

During the 2010 World Cup, police in Asia arrested over 5,000 people for illegal gambling activities and seized more than $10 Million.

Police in Malaysia, China, Thailand and Singapore raided 800 illegal gambling dens where $155 Million in illegal bets were placed during the World Cup.

(See all statistics about illegal sports betting.)

Source: “Thousands held in Asian gambling bust,” CNN, July 16, 2010.

Around 600,000 people were arrested in China for illegally gambling in 2009.

Source:  David Eimer, “China’s secret gambling problem,” Telegraph, January 9, 2010.

Organized crime groups in Japan earn about $21 Billion a year through various black market activities such as prostitution, illegal gambling, loan-sharking and stock manipulation.

(More statistics about the Japanese Yakuza.)


Up to $7 Billion around the world was estimated to have been illegally gambled on the NFL Super Bowl in 2009.

(See all illegal sports betting statistics.)


Between $80 Billion to $380 Billion is illegally gambled on National Football Games each  year.

(More on illegal sports betting in the United States.)