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World Cup gamblers are on the losing side

MORE than 600 alleged World Cup gamblers have been caught and more than 6.5 million yuan (US$959,751) seized, Shanghai police said yesterday.

Police said since the World Cup kicked off in South Africa, the number of online gambling cases had increased.

The details of 22 of 123 Internet gambling cases had been passed to prosecutors.

On Thursday, three cases of the online gambling were referred to prosecutors after an early morning raid, police said. They involved about 80 people and some 1.2 million yuan.

"I can't tell you the names or locations of these crimes as we are still pursuing more suspects," an officer surnamed Yang said yesterday.

Police said online gambling in the city was mainly concerned with soccer as the leagues in Europe and the World Cup were very popular. But they warned locals not to get involved.

"Once you participate in the gambling, you are very likely to end up losing your shirt," Yang said.

Police are to continue to crack down on gambling and have called for tip-offs about suspects or venues.


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