World Cup Gambling Rings Busted in Asia
More than 5,000 arrested in China, Singapore, Thailand
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2010 12:09 PM CDT
A keeper holds a Jabulani in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

(Newser) – Illegal gambling dens across Asia are being rolled up in a post-World Cup crackdown. Police in China, Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore have found almost 800 illegal gambling dens, arrested more than 5,000 people, and seized almost $10 million in bets, the BBC reports. The establishments handled more than $155 million in bets during the tournament, according to Interpol. The international police force is still investigating to see if all that action actually influenced the games.