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Korean gambling ring busted in The Philippines

Six Koreans engaged in online gambling were busted in a raid by The Philippines’ finest.  Apparently, the police were tipped off by an informant who noticed that the Koreans had an unusually large number of computers in their rooms.  The police recovered 14 computer monitors, eight central processing units, two laptops, a hard drive, cellular phones and bank books of their alleged clients.  According to The Sun Star (October 20, 2012)

“They took cover here in our country because they are easily traced in South Korea. They are offshoring,” the police official said.

Clients allegedly pay through online transactions with an international bank when a major sporting event, such as basketball or baseball, takes place. They get their money back, plus a share of the pot, if they win.

An online report estimated that the market for illegal sports betting online in Korea could be worth nearly US$10.8 billion.

Wow – US$10.8 billion dollars - kind of makes this major gambling ring bust in Korea seem rather small.

  • http://populargusts.blogspot.com/ bulgasari

    Did the police in the Philippines drug test them like the foreigners busted for gambling in here? Or is drug testing foreigners who’ve been arrested for non-drug related crimes something that only happens in Korea?

  • Arghaeri

    Six Koreans engaged in online gambling were busted in a raid by The Philippines finest. 

    What are makati bar girls doing arresting korean gamblers?

  • redwhitedude

    #1,
    yeah really equal opportunity drug testing.

  • CactusMcHarris

    #2,

    Salute to the funny, sirrah.

  • JW

    Or is drug testing foreigners who’ve been arrested for non-drug related crimes something that only happens in Korea?

    Why is drug-testing such a big deal? People routinely get drug tested here in the USA, during employment screenings for example.

  • JW

    Ok I get it. The thinking I’m assuming is that it’s not a big deal in itself but it’s a big deal because Korean media makes it a big deal.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    I posted the following in the Poker 8 thread (referenced above) seven months ago:

    “Whatever happened to the Poker 8?

    I can’t find how their situation was resolved. Did they just drop off the face of the earth? Did they disappear into a Korean gulag? Were the charges dropped? Did they plea out, and as part of the plea agreement promise not to speak on the matter?

    For that matter, what happened to Korea Media Watch? Did they just stop with this story?

    Inquiring minds want to know.”

    Suffice it to say, this inquiring mind still wants to know: Whatever happened to the Poker 8?

  • thedrew

    These guys must be idiots. Online gambling if set up properly is legal in the Phillipines. Some paperwork and a nominal fee (20K or so) to get a license. If you are going to set up illegally, may as well do it in Korea so that you get KimChi in prison.

    If they went to Costa Rica, the fee would be like $200 maximum and they wouldn’t be touched by the cops.

  • http://www.xanga.com/wangkon936 WangKon936

    Ah, the Philippines. Where Koreans like to let their, ah, hair down.