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4 held for hosting WCup gambling

FOUR men have been arrested for allegedly running a gambling house which attracted more than 20 gamblers who bet a total of 51 million yuan (US$7.49 million) on matches during the soccer World Cup in South Africa, local prosecutors said yesterday.

The gang head surnamed Wang, as a second-level agent of an overseas gambling website, earned illegal profits of more than 200,000 yuan when he was caught in June.

Wang's accomplice, a higher-level agent nicknamed Jun Jun, is still at large, the Shanghai No. 2 Intermediate Prosecutors' Office said.

Wang, 42, met Jun Jun, who had links to an overseas gambling website, early this year and was recruited as a second-level agent. Wang got the website accounts from Jun Jun and was supposed to hand in about 30 percent of the profits to the latter.

More than 20 gamblers then put in about 51 million yuan in bets after getting gambling accounts from Wang during the June 11-July 11 World Cup, prosecutors said.

As the gang kept enlarging, it drew police's attention and was busted in June.


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