Three men arrested over casual online gambling in Malaysia.
PENANG, Malaysia – A factory manager and two engineers were arrested for using free Wifi access to carry out illegal online betting on football matches and casino games at a popular coffee outlet at E-Gate here.
The trio, aged between 30 and 32, were picked up in a police raid at the outlet at 4pm yesterday. The raid was conducted after police received a tip-off.
“We received information that the outlet was crowded with people abusing the free Wifi access to conduct online gambling activities,” said a source.
“Many of the patrons just grabbed their laptops and ran out when they spotted the raiding party,” the source said, adding that the owner was warned not to let patrons use the free Internet service for illegal activities.
Gaming Industry worth $144 billion by 2011
A new report by PricewaterhouseCoopers estimates that the global gaming industry will be worth as much as $144 billion by 2011. According to the paper, the growth will be driven by the wave of new casinos being developed across the world, mainly in the Asia/Pacific region.
China casinos and gambling will head the group with an expected 15.7 per cent increase in revenue to $30.3 billion. Revenue in the US is expected to grow by 6.7 per cent a year, to $79.6 billion in 2011, and maintain its status as the world’s largest casino market.
Gambling revenue in the regions of Europe, the Middle East and Africa will see a somewhat smaller increase of 1.9 per cent, rising from $25.2 billion to $27.8 billion.
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