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Macau casino staff recruited by crime syndicate for cheating scheme, 8 arrested

A criminal syndicate is suspected of recruiting casino employees in Macau to manipulate poker cards, causing specific sequences and outcomes in games. During these games, accomplices increased their bets to win chips, resulting in a total loss of HK$4.54 million ($582,000) at the Macau casino.

The police arrested eight suspects aged 33 to 42, all local residents.

The affected casino is located in Cotai, where five suspects held positions such as gaming table managers, directors, and dealers. They are believed to have been recruited by the criminal syndicate.

The remaining three are believed to be core members of the syndicate, responsible for planning the activities.

Last Thursday (23rd), the police received a report from the casino operator, who suspected employees of tampering with poker cards while on duty, colluding with others, and later using them in fraudulent activities at the gaming tables. 

After an investigation, the police apprehended eight individuals across Macau and various districts last Saturday (May 25th), some of whom refused to cooperate.

According to the police, the alleged criminal syndicate had committed crimes twice in late March and early May. Each participating casino employee allegedly could have profited between HK$170,000 ($21,770) and HK$500,000 ($64,040) per incident. The police believe that several individuals are still at large.

Viviana Chan
Viviana Chan
Viviana Chan is an editor, interpreter, and journalist. With over a decade of experience, she writes in English, Chinese, and Portuguese. Viviana started her career in Macau-based newspapers, where she became passionate about the region's social, financial, and cultural development. Her writing focuses on the economy, emerging industries, gaming development, political affairs, and cross cultural-exchange in the business and cultural domains. She is avid for news and eager to discover and cover stories that generate public relevance.



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