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$100M gambling ring busted

In what prosecutors described as a $100-million-dollar bust of organized crime, 12 people in four boroughs were arrested over the weekend for allegedly running an illegal gambling network that included bets on the Super Bowl.

Dubbed Operation Kings Flush, the month-long sting ended with raids of nine locations in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and Staten Island, officials said.

The 12 bookies took bets from neighborhood betting parlors, funneling the bulk of the proceeds to established organized-crime families, including the Gambino and Genovese rings, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes said. Hynes’ office, the Staten Island’s district attorney’s office and the NYPD worked together on the operation.

“Joe the bookie is a nice guy,” said Hynes, flanked by laptop computers, telephones, cash and betting stubs seized in the raids. ” he’s totally indebted to organized crime.”

judi poker Bets were taken for professional basketball, football and college basketball games, Hynes said, with the Super Bowl the biggest cash cow.

Organized crime funneled the proceeds into prostitution, drugs and other operations, said Hynes, a Democrat running for re-election this year.

Law-enforcement officials say they believe illegal gambling generates about $15 billion a year in the state and $100 billion nationwide. Across the country, about $4 billion in bets is taken for the Super Bowl each year, officials said.

Hynes, who was joined by Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan at the news conference, said ringleaders worked inventively to gain stealth.

They often relied on the Internet, telephones, and credit cards to take payments and give payouts.

And six of the betting parlors raided were run by Asians to avoid detection, Hynes said.

Arrested and charged with gambling in the first degree were Poon Hoong Chak, 48; Vincent Maiorano, 35; Chochun Sze, 53; Richard Zee, 40; Kit Cheng, 51; Patrick Tran, 39; Fattsoon Wong, 48; …

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Off to Japan for my 5th Club World Cup and 4th visit to Japan, this time via China – must have been the cheapest flights on the dates I wanted.

Suita City Stadium, Osaka, Japan.

So how did the teams get here. Well they won their respective Continental Premier Cup competition and the hosts provided their Championship winner. I was a little worried when I noted that the Japanese were to be represented by Kashima Antlers who had finished 11th (out of 18) in the second half of their domestic Qq Online Terpercaya Championship. In Japan they have a split season. Kashima won the first half and beat Urawa Red Diamonds (winners of the second half) on away goals in a play off to win the League (despite being 15 points overall behind them) and qualify for this competition.

How did I get here?

Arriving at the check-in desk you would have thought you were in China already as there was only a handful of other Westerners on the flight, whom it transpired were all on transit to other international destinations. This feeling was confirmed as we bordered the plane as all the chatter was in Chinese and qq online terpercaya no one moved out of their way to ease the congestion as people tried to make their way to their seats. At this stage I thought to myself of the similarities between the Polish and Romanians in the UK and the Japanese and the Chinese (am I allowed to think that?).

Suita City Stadium, Osaka, Japan.

My young companion was grateful to me for pointing out his errors in his Sudoku puzzle, not once, but twice. I noticed he was struggling so had to have a look….didn’t I. But not a word was said.

I noticed the initials PEK …

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Adios and Aus Widersehen Qq Poker Online EURO 2008

FINAL SNOWDROPS FROM THE ALPS –

FOREIGNER FLARES
Too much was made of Germany’s Lukas Podolski gunning down his country of birth, Poland.
This is a globalised world, where people emigrate and every country is to blame for not enforcing racial purity tests in their national teams. Why, Qq Poker Online here’s an eleven of perfectly acceptable turncoats from the Euro 2008 squads:

Ramazan Özcan – Austria
Mario Gomez – Germany
Ibrahim Affellay – Netherlands
Ricardo Cabanas – Switzerland
Ümit Korkmaz – Austria
Hakan Yakin – Switzerland
Piotr Trochowski – Germany
Gelson Fernandes – Switzerland
Samir Nasri – France
Karim Benzema – France
Zlatan Ibrahmovic – Sweden

BEER TODAY, GONE TOMORROW
Vienna’s Heute newspaper led on Monday with the claim that fans were revolting against the
Sub-standard ale on offer in the official Fan Zones. At €4.50 a glass, apparently there are few takers for Carlsberg, the Danish brew which bagged exclusivity rights for the tournament. It quoted one Conrad Seidl, ‘The Pope of Beer’ (I wonder how you get that title), dismissing Carlsberg, but also a fan from Italy, a country hardly renowned for its knowledge of amber nectar.

SO THAT’S WHY
Scrambling for an explanation for Italy’s penalty exit to Spain, Gazzetta dello Sport delved into departing coach Roberto Donadoni’s psychology and wondered if a visit Donadoni made to the Amish country in Pennsylvania while he played for the New York Metrostars had instilled him with too much serenity for the national team job…

GAME, SET & SNATCH
UEFA’s Media Services helpfully provided hacks with the most indispensable release for the final: A potted biography of closing ceremony performer Enrique Iglesias. Shame on them though for omitting surely the two most salient points of Enrique’s life story – that his dad is the legendary singer Julio Iglesias, once …

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A new season kicks off this weekend and see’s the return of Walker’s Word. Another 10 months of non-stop top flight football action begins on Saturday with both the opening and closing matches ripe for picking a couple of shock results at great odds writes David Walker.

Saturday 19 August

Sheffield United vs Liverpool
Sheffield United make their Premiership return after a 12 year absence at lunch time, to kick off another 10 months of top flight action. The bookmakers are predicting a cakewalk for visiting Liverpool, but Blades boss Neil Warnock will have other ideas. During the 2002/03 Carling Cup, United beat Liverpool 2-1 at Bramall Lane, drew 0-0 at home in 1993/94 and beat the Reds 1-0 the previous year in the Premiership’s debut season. Liverpool may have one eye on their Champions League tie against Maccabi Haifa Bandarqq three days later which still hangs in the balance at 2-1 in the Reds favour.
Walker’s Word: A “shock” draw to go against the bookmakers @ 12/5 (Coral)…

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Turkish tears as Togel Singapore France bags Euro 2016

It always seemed a pipe dream, but it almost came to pass.

That Turkey, a relatively poor muslim nation with humble infrastructure on the fringe of Europe, would pip two established football powers to the hosting of the continent’s prestige event always looked a bit of a long shot.

And yet, when it came down to the vote in Geneva yesterday, UEFA’s Executive Committee voted for France to host Euro 2016 by only one vote. France was a safe bet, the safest pair of hands of the three final competitors for the big prize. Italy, the other continental giant in contention, was eliminated after the first round of voting, perhaps still reeling from its rejection for 2012 in favour of Poland & Ukraine after Calciopoli and a season of ugly fan violence had exploded in UEFA’s face.

On paper, the French bid had little donkey work to do, Togel Singapore with the memory of France ’98 still vivid and the Eurostars and TGVs still zapping through la campagne at dizzying speeds. Nevertheless, UEFA still found time to nitpick about the hotel provision and the lack of space for media and hospitality around their stadia.

Compared to its 1998 selection, the French Football Federation’s choice for 2016 has no place for Brittany and the North-West with Nantes dropped in favour of Nancy and Strasbourg in the East, a region which missed out 12 years ago. On the Mediterranean coast, Nice replaces Montpellier, while in the far north, Lille’s future 50,000-seat venue is included, adding another convenient venue for travelers from the United Kingdom.

While the nationality of UEFA President Platini may have had an invisible influence on the votes, what could well have swayed wavering votes are the ongoing travails surrounding Poland and especially the Ukraine, a fear carefully exploited by …

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Spanish and Swiss advance Togel Hongkong to U21 final

UEFA u21.UEFA U21 Championship 2011 Semi-Finals

Belarus 1:3 Spain
Czech Republic 0:1 Switzerland

Spain will play Switzerland in the European Under-21 final on Saturday after both semi-finals went to extra-time in Denmark.

Belarus almost pulled off a shock by leading Spain in Viborg until the 89th minute through Andrei Voronkov’s bicycle kick, until Adrian Lopez equalised then added a second at the end of the first period of extra-time. Substitute Jeffren Togel Hongkong Suarez made it 3-1 in the 113th minute to secure Spain’s passage to the final in Aarhus.

Switzerland made heavy weather of beating the Czech Republic in Herning before Ahmed Mehmedi’s long-range effort broke the deadlock six minutes before penalty kicks.

The losing semi-finalists have the consolation of knowing one of them will qualify for the 2012 Olympics if they win Saturday’s third-place play-off, meaning there will be one East European team at the London games.

Motors Driving Towards Success In Korea

It has been a topsy-turvy season in the K-League so far. Asian champions Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma have been kept off the bottom of the standings only thanks to the dreadful form of Gangwon FC. Suwon Bluewings find themselves in one of their annual slumps in form while champions FC Seoul have improved since earlier in the season but still can’t quite break free of the middle level.

One team though has been head and shoulders above the rest for much of the current campaign and that is Jeonbuk Motors. The team from Jeonju have found a level of consistency that the other 15 teams simply haven’t been able to match and not only that, it is entertaining fans in the south-west too. As Brazilian playmaker Eninho said on twitter at the weekend, “This is a Motors team without any brakes.”

Until Jeonbuk won the 2006 …

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