GEORGE TOWN, Sept 9, 2014:
Golf and bowling have now become the latest games used for gambling by a syndicate here to attract punters which has been crippled early this morning.
Acting on a tip off after just weeks of surveillance, Penang CID Chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Mazlan Kesah said police had raided at 10pm a shop lot in a pre-war building in Lorong Madras.
The raid was codenamed Op Dadu/Noda.
“Using tokens as little as RM10 per game, the punters gauge the estimated distance using numbers and those who made the correct or closest guess stand to win money,” he told a press conference at the Northeast district police headquarters here today.
He explained those who intended to play golf would first have to wager on how far they could hit and if they managed to hit their target, they would have higher chances of winning more money.
“For bowling, betting on the number of dropped pins will determine how much money punters can take back.
“We feel this is the first time such betting done in the state, perhaps even in the country, has been unearthed.”
Mazlan said the outlet had been operating for a “very long time” and offerred two gambling games, namely virtual golf and virtual bowling.
In the four-hour raid, police rounded up 40 individuals including six women, said to be Guest Relations Officers (GROs) and a few foreign nationals who comprised workers and customers, aged between 30 and 65.
Mazlan said police seized RM120,000 in the form of cash and tokens besides all the equipment used for betting.
Twenty simulator machines including real golf clubs, among others, were also seized.
The outlet, moonlighting as a karaoke and pool joint, was operating on an entertainment licence from the municipal council.
According to Mazlan, police had raided the place on Aug 24 and nabbed a few GROs.
The operator had allegedly continued operations after closing for a few days.