Hong Kong seizes $9.9m from illegal World Cup gambling ring

Hong Kong police have seized bets worth HK$78 million ($9.9 million) from a gambling ring taking bets on the FIFA World Cup, local media reports.

Police arrested 42 men and three women in the operation codenamed “Blazespike.”

They also seized cash worth more than HK$2.5 million, a large number of computers and a small amount of drugs.

“Preliminary investigation shows that those arrested include the mastermind and core members of the syndicate. Some of them have a triad background,” Sino Daily cited police as saying.

In a parallel operation across the border, mainland Chinese police arrested another five men believed to be part of the same gambling ring.