TAIPEI, Taiwan -- An illegal casino in Tamsui was busted yesterday when the owner was too busy watching Korean soap operas and failed to see the police entering the building on her surveillance cameras, police officer said.
Police officer Lin Hu-shan of the Tamsui Police was alerted when noise came out of apartment windows, and he grew more suspicious when he discovered surveillance cameras at the entrance door. The officer and his team broke down the door of the illegal establishment after being issued a search warrant on May 10.
According to Lin, a 54-year-old woman surnamed Lin rented the second floor of an apartment in Tamsui a few months ago and opened a small mahjong operation. She also has a criminal record for drug offences, officers said.
The casino was open 24 hours a day, with four gamblers at each mahjong game. Gamblers were mostly blue-collar workers or housewives, officers said. The suspected owner of the gambling service set up surveillance cameras and stood guard herself, to watch for police and also to screen out unwelcom visitors, officers said.
When the police broke in yesterday, however, Lin was so busy watching Korean soap operas that she did not notice police coming through the front door on her surveillance cameras, officers said.
Twelve gamblers were caught at scene, with three sets of mahjong tiles and NT$17,700 (S$763) on the tables. According to the officers, gamblers complained that the owner "did not do her job in watching out for the police" after being busted.
The gamblers were each fined NT$9,000, and Lin was charged with profiting from illegal gambling.