Illegal World Cup betting doubles in Hong Kong

    Police in Hong Kong and the neighbouring province of Guangdong in China seized $750 million ($96.7 million) in illegal World Cup bets, more than double the amount estimated to have been gambled on the previous tournament, the South China Morning Post said.
    Police found illegal betting slips totalling HK$380 million during the World Cup, while a large cross-border operation carried out in early June before the tournament found evidence of HK$370 million worth of illegal betting.
    The report said the joint operation took place on June 8 and $397 million in illegal betting slips was also seized for other soccer matches and horse racing.
    Over the last four weeks, authorities on both sides of the border arrested 176 people aged between 20 and 65 who were involved in both placing and taking football bets through illegal channels, mainly via the internet.
    Hong Kong police broke up 97 operations after raiding some 140 locations including bars and residential flats.
    A separate report recently cited Chinese authorities as saying that illegal gambling during the World Cup on the mainland was thought to have been a much as $3.9 billion.