Gambling returns to bowling centres

Above: A man with a wad of cash dealing with a punter at Orchid Bowl @ Orchid Country Club. Left: "Fans" watching the action, with some allegedly placing bets.
Above: A man with a wad of cash dealing with a punter at Orchid Bowl @ Orchid Country Club.PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS
Above: A man with a wad of cash dealing with a punter at Orchid Bowl @ Orchid Country Club. Left: "Fans" watching the action, with some allegedly placing bets.
Above: "Fans" watching the action, with some allegedly placing bets.PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS

Sources say it still exists at some of the 24 bowling centres, after Shin Min's report on such activity at Orchid Bowl

The bets range from $1 to a couple of thousands, and some punters even blatantly throw $1,000 bills on the table for the bookmakers to collect.

This is not some dingy gambling den in a back lane. Rather, such activities take place under the bright lights of some bowling centres here, mostly during in-house leagues and competitions.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 20, 2019, with the headline 'Gambling returns to bowling centres'. Print Edition | Subscribe