35 people arrested so far

Hawaii tightens illegal gambling crackdown

When it comes to gambling, Hawaii is the strictest state in the United States along with Utah. There are no casinos, charity gambling, sports betting or lottery activities.
2017-09-26
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Hawaii has decided to go tougher on illegal gaming activities with Honolulu police stepping up gambling laws enforcement.

"Game rooms affect people of all ages and social economic levels. We sometimes hear people say that gambling is harmless form of entertainment. However, we know that game rooms are often the hubs of illegal activity such as drug dealing, robberies, assaults and homicides have been associated with game rooms," Major Larry Lawson of HPD's criminal investigation division said.

According to the police, there are 100 illegal game rooms only in the city of Oahu. Furthermore, 35 people have been arrested for gambling-related crimes since August while security officers have already warned more raids should be expected to take place in the upcoming weeks all across the island.

Hawaii and Utah are the two US jurisdictions with stricter gambling rules. Only social poker games are allowed in the Oceania state.

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