Canada's Super Bowl Online Gambling Bust Nets $ 2.5 m

Published Tuesday, February 05, 2013 -

A surprise raid on an online gambling operation in Ontario Canada has a just few lawyers buzzing with the possibility they are going into legal nirvana. The recent news from the Super bowl Sunday bust of the Costa Rica-based website, is creating a stir in gambling circles all over the world. Canada has not paid much attention to companies such as William Hill online, Ladbrokes, Bet365 and the big online poker operator PokerStars who operate without any problems in the Canadian jurisdiction. Sponsorship of the Canadian Football League has not been questioned by authorities as long as those firms don’t base their operations on Canadian soil.

The word is that this is organized crime muscling in on the online gambling market that the Ontario government is proposing to enter in the near future. The two-year investigation, by a number of police organizations in Canada have arrested Hells Angels’ member William Miller along with five other individuals connected with this internet sports betting operation. The operation is alleged to have been operational for at least ten years and part of a similar take down in Ottawa concerning an online betting operation where twenty one individuals were detained.

As part of Project Amethyst, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Ontario Provincial Police and local police departments cooperated in bringing in the suspects at the Super Bowl party in a banquet hall near Toronto. The domain has been seized by authorities along with $2.5m in cash and twenty computers. Nine search warrants were issued in connection with the operation more people are being questioned about the organization and its connections with criminal activities.

Supt. Paul Pedersen of the York Regional Police stated that police were “very comfortable” in stating the party which was invitation only and attended by 2300 people was put together by organized crime groups. It was clarified by the RCMP that they are, “not saying in any way that the group that’s administering this particular domain or housing the server name is in any way doing anything wrong. In fact, they’ve cooperated with us under a judicial authority.”

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