ANOTHER MALAYSIAN BETTING SYNDICATE CRIPPLED
12th June, 2012 at 04:21:36
Police action against Euro 2012 gambling intensifies
Police reports earlier this week that two betting syndicates in Penang, Malaysia had been busted (see previous report) have been followed by the news that a further syndicate, this one in George Town has been broken up.
Police raided a cyber cafe Monday evening after undercover investigations, arresting three men and seizing hardware and documentary evidence, along with cash. A police spokesman said the operation organised high value online bets, mainly on international football.
Secret Societies, Gambling and Vice staff officer DSP Zailani Amit said there were indications that the illegal enterprise had been facilitating wagers on the Euro 2012 football championships currently ongoing in Ukraine.
In related news, police in Bangkok, Thailand have reported the arrest of 60 people, five of them bookies, in a major swoop on illegal online betting centres placing bets on Euro 2012 matches.
MARYLAND STUDENT WINS HIS FIRST WORLD SERIES OF POKER BRACELET (update)
24-year-old takes home over half-a-million dollars in Event 19
A 24-year-old student from Potomac, Maryland, Clifford Goldkind, cleaned up Event 19 - $1,500 buy-in No Limit Hold'em Monday to become the latest WSOP bracelet winner, collecting a $559,514 pay check for his time and trouble.
Goldkind, who only recently resumed his studies after service in the Israeli army, battled through a field of 2,302 entrants over three days to end up on a final table with Kenni Nguyen, Adria Balaguer, Patrick Smith, Gregg Wilkinson, Justin McGill, David Peters, Gary Burks and Barry Shulman.
The final table proved to be another fast-action affair, completing in just less than four hours after a quick heads up between Goldkind and the very voluble Kenni Nguyen saw the latter retire with the runner up prize of $347,036.
Goldkind's win was made all the more remarkable by the fact that he was a WSOP newbie, taking home the honours and some serious money on his first crack at the world's biggest live poker tournament.
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