Police arrest 17 people in internet casino crackdown

Over the weekend police in Nagoya city swooped down on three stores, including one named “Samurai,” which they say offered illegal internet gambling. A total of 17 people were arrested, including 8 store employees and 9 customers.

According to the police, they seized a total of 40 computers which were used for internet baccarat and roulette games. Customers earned and lost points which could later be exchanged for cash.

The police investigation began almost a year before this weekend’s busts occurred.

Illegal casinos in Nagoya were also in the national news in September after it emerged that a corporal was dismissed from the Ground Self-Defense Forces and six others punished for visiting an illegal internet casino in the same city.