Bust of Illegal Online Casino Disguised as Internet Cafe

On the 13th, Tokyo police raided an illegal online casino shop named “Hose” in the Minami-Koiwa district, arresting the manager, Daisuke Kashiwagi, 39, and seven other people.

This particular internet casino was hidden behind steel doors and cameras like many of the other illegal shops, but rather had the appearance of an ordinary internet cafe. According to the police, during its run it collected revenues through illegal gambling, by connecting to overseas baccarat websites, of about 1 billion yen (about US$9.3 million).

The police are investigating whether or not the shop had ties to yakuza groups, which often use such illegal casinos as sources of revenue. (AGB Nippon)