Mumbai police arrested staff at six cyber cafes for alleged involvement in an online gambling operation. Officers said a few citizens had filed complaints after losing ₹100,00 to ₹250,000 ($1,650-$4,130), so police sent in undercover officers to investigate. They said the cafes charged ₹1,000 to create an account, then granted players access to casino games via mobile phone or internet, with winnings delivered to their homes or picked up at the cafes. Police alleged that the cafes involved, which operated for two years, are among some 300 in the city franchised by Game King Pvt. Ltd. Those arrested included 21 players and 12 cafe staff.
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Singapore police have busted at least two illegal gambling operations in the past week, while across Asia authorities have moved to stamp out illicit activities, from raids on premier league matches in India, to illegal number forecasting in Malaysia.
The Puducherry union territory government has urged the union government to ban online gaming platforms and mobile apps, describing it as a necessity to protect the mental health of vulnerable people.
The next edition of the AGB Webinar Series will look at the future of iGaming customer acquisition and retention, which has been going through a transition period over the last year.