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Police in Cambodia announced this week that they've busted two illegal online gambling rings, one that had just set up, and another that wasn't even in operation.
Authorities arrested four Chinese citizens on charges of running the illegal gambling operation out of the city of Siem Reap. The group was accused of running a company called City Impression Entertainment World, which was a front for the group. Interestingly, the business was only registered on January 17th, which means that the ring was only operational for a few scant days before it was busted up.
The second bust was of 15 other Chinese nationals on suspicion of running a ring, but the group had to be released, as the operation hadn't even launched and computers were still in box. Instead, authorities dropped the charges but seized the computers as well as other equipment.
Over the past four years more than 1,600 Chinese have been deported for gambling related charges, and the activity remains popular, even as it has become increasingly easy to obtain a license in the market.