Six men face illegal online gaming charges after police broke up a massive Super Bowl party at a banquet hall near Toronto, Ontario.
The accused organized an invitation-only Super Bowl bash and turned a GTA banquet hall into an illegal game house, according to police. Over 2,300 people attended the event before the authorities came crashing through the doors in search of those who organized the gathering. Those who attended the event were released without charge.
The raid targeted Platinum Sportsbook, a Canadian-run offshore sports betting website whose operators have ties to organized crime, police say.
More than 400 police officers also executed nine other search warrants at the men’s homes and businesses in the Greater Toronto Area and as far away as London, Ont. They seized almost $2.5-million in cash.
The website allowed users to bet on a long list of sports, including baseball, basketball, golf, horse racing, mixed martial arts and auto racing. While police said the website is based in Costa Rica, the site says it is incorporated in Willemstad, Curaçao and Nicosia, Cyprus.