The trial of 21 individuals accused of violating Macau and various illegal games, fraud, money laundering and criminal associations has reportedly heard testimony again related to the alleged prevalence of “side betting” activity within many casinos in the region.
According to a report by GGRASIA on Thursday, defendant Chungchkin admitted being linked to “side bets” through VIP lounges in several Macau casinos, allowing gamblers to secretly make bets that are much larger than those shown as chips on the actual game table. The sources also added that the first trial court acknowledged that the rooms were operated by some local junket companies, including Sun City Group.
Chung was one of the 20 arrested late last year along with former Sun City Group president Alvin Chowchuck on charges of money laundering and promoting illegal gambling services, after fellow defendant Ali Celestino (pictured) testified earlier that he was one of those who helped develop a computer system to accurately record “side bet.”
The defendant reportedly described himself as a local food and beverage business owner before telling prosecutor Lai Wu-hou that he had worked additionally as a “junkit agent” for Sun City Group. Chung reportedly defined Chow as a “friend” and admitted that he was related to a “side bet” company that hired “several dozen” at Sun City Group, but was “not related.”
However, Mr. Chung later said he received administrative support from Sun City Group employees while helping potential ‘side bet’ customers whom Mr. Chow. The defendants then went further and claimed that the former CEO of Sun City Group knew that illegal activities were widespread in his company’s VIP room and played an important role in Macau’s gaming industry as a whole.
In an earlier testimony, Celestino reportedly described former chairman Chung as a “shareholder” of Sun City Group and a “business partner” of Chow. However, the former Junkit executive reportedly admitted that he knew of an illegal system for accurate tracking of illegal betting transactions, but denied involvement in “side betting” activities.