Former Yomiuri Giants Pitcher Admits to Illegal Gambling

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Former Yomiuri GIants pitcher Shoki Kasahara has reportedly admitted to placing illegal bets after he was arrested for placing bets on Nippon Professional Baseball and high school games.

The 25 year old pitcher admitted to the charges while he was in court in Tokyo, and is believed to have helped a restaurant owner conduct a betting scheme by collecting money from other Giants players. The ring took place in spring of 2014, and saw several other players on his time placing bets on several games. The activity became a huge scandal in Japan, and saw Kasahara, Satoshi Fukuda and Ryuya Matsumoto all banned from playing in Japan while the club has been ordered to pay out ¥15 million in fines.

The case against Kasahara is still going through the legal motions, and there has been no news about what punishment the former pro will face.

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14 July 2016 - 10:12pm

So obviously it was huge ring but I didn't understand if they placed a bets on their team's results or in general at the baseball games in Japan. Anyway it's no wonder that this became into a huge scandal there.