World Cup illegal betting is big business

A Hong Kong Jockey Club betting branch promoting football betting last month.
A Hong Kong Jockey Club betting branch promoting football betting last month.PHOTO: REUTERS

When the final whistle was blown in the France versus Argentina match on June 30, there was a line of people who came to "settle" with one coffee-shop bookmaker.

The 4-3 score in favour of France saw the bookie handing out a few $100 bills to one punter.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 12, 2018, with the headline 'World Cup illegal betting is big business'. Print Edition | Subscribe