Recently in Macau, police carried out a multi-million dollar scheme to bet on Baccarat via WeChat.
Law enforcement officers say the elaborate plan was carried out by at least seven people from China’s Zhejiang province over the country’s most popular social messaging service. Operators were able to bet about $1.3 million from mainlanders on a Macau baccarat table in March.
According to a report by the South China Morning Post, the so-called “side bet” is just another twist in the long-standing problem that has plagued game officials for years. As in the past, rather than giving a working relay number via voice over a mobile phone in the VIP room, I made a bet, and released the results in real-time through WeChat.
Authorities did not immediately say which casino or VIP room might have been involved, but about 40 mainland customers, who were strictly prohibited from gambling at casinos, were served by two to three gangsters betting on the baccarat table every day and relaying the results of each game through social media platforms.
Gamblers have reportedly been given just over a minute to place bets ranging from HK$300 (roughly $38.59) to “unlimited” equity.
The operation was called “luxury” by the police for a well-executed plan. Law enforcement police spokesman Tom Wong Kyung told local gambling industry news outlet GGRAsia, “For example, the first and sixth suspects were in charge of accounting through computers and controlled bets by their accomplices at the casino… The second and third suspects were primarily responsible for collecting bets from [WeChat] group members.”
The group appears to have made a profit by charging fees and hedging some bets, and may have operated for more than a month before shutting down the service.