SHAH ALAM: Chinese New Year ong (good luck) turned into terrible suey (bad luck) for 31 people when police raided an illegal gambling den in Kuala Langat in the wee hours of Monday.
Those caught were not small-timers playing RM10, RM20 bets, but were betting between RM300 and RM20,000.
The 31 people, ages between 19 and 49, ran helter-skelter when police surprised them at the double-storey building in Taman Yayasan in Sungei Jarum.
Police had blocked off the front and back entrances, preventing no one from escaping.
Among those detained were nine women, believed to be croupiers. Most were locals while others were from Pahang, Kuala Lumpur and Johor.
We believe the gambling den had just started operations to cash in on those who love to gamble during the Chinese New Year period, said Selangor police chief Deputy Commissioner Datuk Mohd Nor Hamat.
Further investigations showed that two of those detained had previous criminal records for drug offences and for stealing vehicles, said DC Mohd Noor.
He said another man, a 35-year-old Singaporean, was caught upstairs with 14 samurai swords.
Items confiscated included RM18,000 cash, RM300,000 worth of gambling chips, cards and chits.
Police district chiefs have been directed to look out for illegal gambling activities during the period, he said.
Supt Abdul Malek said the gambling den was not posh.
He said the players probably wanted to go for the kill as the betting ran to the hundreds of thousands of ringgit.