Police busted several gambling syndicates which operated 9 illegal casinos in Eastway Towers, Main Street East, Shau Kei Wan. According to sources, the consolidated daily profit reached HK$100,000 for each casino. They even had security guards and surveillance cameras to check on the patrons. Commissions were also charged for drinks served.
Police have kept the building under surveillance for a while and finally special forces from various police departments raided the building today at 12pm. A total of 177 police officers were deployed to raid and search 15 units inside the building, 9 gambling dens were found and busted. 66 men and 48 women aged between 41 and 91 years old were arrested. 8 of them were staff working at the illegal casinos while the rest were gamblers. A total of 61 mahjong tables, 117 set of mahjong and HK$33,000 were seized.