PETALING JAYA - Two men started a mini casino on the seventh floor of a block of luxury condominiums. Entry was by invitation and through a website.
They gambled that the police would never uncover their illegal set-up that had netted them about RM90,000 (S$433,400) a month in profit for the past half year.
The men, aged 21 and 24, lost that bet on Saturday when the Special Task Force for Anti-Vice, Gaming and Gangsterism (STAGG) raided their premises.
STAGG moved in on the condo located along Jalan SS7/26 at about 12.15am and arrested 18 people. Among them were the two suspects.
"Our investigations show that they are the ones who rented the place and set up the casino," CID director Comm Datuk Seri Mohmad Salleh told reporters at the Petaling Jaya police headquarters yesterday.
"The others caught were between 18 and 30 years old. Some of them were students."
All were remanded to help in the investigations and were released on police bail on Monday.
Comm Mohmad said the police seized RM10,220 in cash, 598 gambling chips, three tables, a tablet computer and 30 chairs during the raid.
"The gambling chips have the name of the casino printed on them."
The case was being investigated under Section 4(1)(a) of the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953 for illegal casino operations.