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KUALA LUMPUR – Illegal online gambling operators are continuing to feed the habit of addicted punters even after police shut down their dens.

City police chief Comm Datuk Mazlan Lazim said operators use two methods to hoodwink authorities and keep the illicit business running.

“One of the ways is by hosting small gambling sessions at quiet restaurants while the other is by sending gamblers a code via text messages to get them to participate in the game,” he said.

Comm Mazlan said operators could have started using the new methods after police refreshed their commitment to fight illegal online gambling in September.

However, this only led syndicates to adopt more discreet ways to continue their operations.

“They will provide wireless Internet connections using portable routers and modems as well as tablets or mobile phones for the gamblers when they host sessions at restaurants,” he said.

Each session will be monitored by a guard and syndicates would pay off restaurant workers to host those sessions.

Comm Mazlan said syndicates would also entice gamblers to download a mobile app and then provide them with log-in details to participate in a session.

“In this case, they would advise gamblers to find their own Internet connection to play,” he said.

Comm Mazlan said police have arrested 56 people from Oct 18 to Nov 7, including 18 guards, nine restaurant workers, 27 punters and two spectators.

The case is being investigated under Section 4B(a) of the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953 for dealing in gaming machines.

Comm Mazlan said the operators would also be investigated under the Prevention of Crime Act. – The Star Online

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