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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Gambling Ring

HONG KONG -- Police arrested 15 people Monday for accepting illegal bets totaling 18 million Hong Kong dollars ($2.31 million) on soccer matches in Euro 2000.

Those arrested were detained following raids on 20 locations in the territory by officers of the Organized Crime and Triad Bureau, police said.

Betting slips, computers and mobile phones were seized in the raids, the statement said.

Soccer is very popular and the current Euro 2000 matches are broadcast live by a cable network in Hong Kong.

Betting on soccer is illegal in Hong Kong, which permits wagering only on horse racing and a numbers lottery.

Those convicted of illegal bookmaking face a maximum jail sentence of seven years and a fine of 5 million Hong Kong dollars.