Police arrested eight people in connection with an illegal internet casino called Peach in Sakai city, Osaka Prefecture on Tuesday, including a senior member of the Yamaguchi-gumi yakuza gang.
According to police, patrons played baccarat and other games on computer to earn points, which could later be converted into cash. Two of those arrested were patrons.
The police investigation of Peach reportedly began with a tip in February from a member of the public who was upset that a friend had become addicted to gambling and was losing money at the internet casino.
Asia Gaming Brief is a news and intelligence service providing up to date market information for worldwide executives on relevant gaming issues in Asia.
ASIA GAMING BRIEF
PO Box 1139, Macau SAR
Tel: +853 2871 7267
Fax: +853 2871 7264