Police Arrest 6 In Illegal Gambling Raids

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By Gopi Chandra Kharel | February 5, 2013 2:30 PM EST

In a series of raids including a massive Super Bowl party in Markham, police arrested 6 people involved in illegal gambling and seized almost $2.5 million in cash.

Police raided a crowded party of nearly 2300 people watching Super Bowl in large television sets and carried out nine other search warrants at businesses and residences of those arrested, York Regional Police said at a news conference Monday.

The invitation-only party organized at the banquet hall in Markham called Le Parc was turned "into an illegal gaming house," York Regional Police Superintendent Paul Pedersen said.

"I want to be clear that this event last night was not open to the public. Online gaming in this fashion is not available to anyone. Only those invited by the organizers of this criminal enterprise could attend and only those sponsored by this criminal organization could participate in the website," he said in the news conference.

The six people charged in connection are William Miller, 49, Anro Thomsen, 45, and Shlomo Buchler, 40, who are all from Toronto; David Hair, 44, and Andrew Bielli, 48 both from London, Ont.; and Martin Spruce, 45, from Vaughan, Ont. reported The Globe and Mail.

An online gambling website called Platinum SB organized the events. The Site that was hosted in Costa Rica was blocked by RCMP. Pedersen said that on Monday morning alone, the site got more than 17,000 hits.

The raid in the banquet hall led to police seizing many objects. Items including Sea-Doo and many door and raffle prizes and 20 computers, business records and cell phones were among them, Pedersen added. 

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