B.C. Puts Illegal Gambling Den Cases on Hold

Last week, a British Columbia court has agreed to adjourn three cases for the alleged running of illegal gambling dens until June this year. Previously, Wu Rong Zan, 45, Ng Mun Bun, 55, and Li Wen Bo, 47 accused of overseeing unlawful casino operations. However, their defense attorneys have been able to convince the court to adjourn the cases for two months.

The three B.C. locals have been accused of running such illegal activities in a rented house on West 45th Avenue, west of Columbia Street. This has allegedly taken place from September 14, 2020, to October 12, 2020. The Vancouver Police officers discovered the unlawful activity by answering a call back in October 2020.

Delayed to June

Defense lawyers for the three men were absent in court or online for their first court appearance which was on April 21, 2022. The Crown agency demanded a four-week adjournment to May 19, 2022, however, the justice of the peace has agreed to more than two months, as defense lawyers are yet to receive evidence disclosure packages.

By acquiring search warrants, the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit’s Joint Illegal Gaming Investigation Team found scoresheets with client names and cash balance sheets. In addition to that, the unit has also discovered cellular phones, a money counter, poker chips, poker tables, and playing cards, as well as almost CA$221,000 in cash.

The cases of Burnaby’s Mr. Wu and Vancouver’s Mr. Ng are on schedule to be reviewed in court on June 21, 2022. While Burnaby’s resident Mr. Li is summoned to June 24, 2022. The Vancouver court date came the day after the case of Ka Hei Tsui who appeared before a judge in the Richmond Provincial Court. Mr. Tsui has also been found guilty of running an illegal gaming den.

His unlawful betting house was discovered on November 5, 2022, in a duplex on General Currie Road near Garden City Road. In addition to that, Shao Chuan Adam Chang, 27, has also been charged with running the operation between September 1, 2020, and November 5, 2020. Currently, a warrant is outstanding for Mr. Chang, the 21-year-old Mr. Tsui is summoned in court on May 18, 2022.

Fighting Illegal Gambling Activities

This has not been the first time that Canadian authorities have discovered unlawful betting houses. For instance, earlier this year, the Waterloo police department busted an illegal gambling den in Kitchener, Ontario. At the site, the police found around CA$36,000 in cash, over 500 poker chips approximately CA$10,000 in value, as well as gaming machines. As well as two computers, cell phones, and surveillance equipment.

Another case of illegal gambling activities was when the Toronto police discovered an illegal gaming house in the city’s centre. The site was located on the night of January 29, 2021, when the police answered a call of someone spotting an individual carrying a firearm. At the site on Spadina Avenue and Dundas Street West, the police found 14 individuals actively gaming.

Source: Mackin, Bob “Illegal casino cases adjourned for two months”, Vancouver is Awesome, April 22, 2022

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Yolina has followed closely the latest development on the Canadian gaming scene over the past years, monitoring the land-based, lottery, and online offerings up for grabs. The dynamic nature of the local lottery and casino fields, as well as the opportunities lying ahead of Canada fire her enthusiasm for what is to come. A sports betting enthusiast, in her spare time Yolina could be found in her natural habitat – turning the pages of biographies and catching up on the latest stand-up comedy podcasts.