Police in Singapore carried out a raid last week arresting 12 people in connection with gambling illegally for real money stakes. The 12 suspects aged between 43 and 68 were said to be engaged in a game of "Gin Rummy" using tiles and "Chor Tai Di" using English playing cards and cash as stakes. For those of you that are not familiar with Chor Tai Di, it is also known as Chinese Poker or Big Two and is especially popular in East Asia and South East Asia, whilst having the name poker, it is actually very different is closer to rummy.
In Singapore it is illegal to be involved in gaming at a "common gaming house" and if proved guilty the suspects face fines up to $5,000 and/or a prison term of up to six months. In addition anyone found to own or occupy a place used as a common gaming house can face a fine of not less than $5,000 and up to $50,000 plus potentially a prison term not exceeding three years.
Reports suggest the nine people actually playing in the games will be charged on June 19th for Gaming in a Common Gaming House whilst the remaining three who are believed to have run the operations are still being investigated.