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    What was the reason the police could arrest these people today if the site was not a US site?


    More than two dozen people, including a professional baseball scout and a high-stakes poker player, were charged Wednesday in connection with a billion-dollar-a-year gambling ring that rivaled casino sports books.

    The illegal betting scheme was orchestrated through a Web site called, run by the poker player, James Giordano, 52, of Pine Crest, Fla., according to Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

    A break in the case came last year when investigators secretly hacked into a laptop computer that Giordano had left in a Long Island hotel while attending a wedding, police said. He was arrested early Wednesday by FBI agents who had to scale the walls of his fortess-like Florida compound.

    Also arrested was Frank Falzarano, 52, of Seaford, on Long Island, identified by prosecutors as a scout for the Washington Nationals and a former scout for the San Francisco Giants. He allegedly was a top earner in a network of 2,000 bookies who took more than $3.3 billion in cash wagers since 2004 from tens of thousands of customers nationwide.

    ''This is the largest illegal gambling operation we have ever encountered,'' Kelly said at a news conference. ''It rivals casinos for the amount of betting.''

    Though the gambling ring relied on a Web site, it was different from the online betting operations targeted by recent federal legislation. The scheme involved placing sports bets through bookies, who would assign bettors a secret code to track their wagers and monitor point spreads and results through the secured Web site. The bets were taken on all kinds of sports, including football, baseball, basketball, hockey, car racing, and golf.

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    It is not legal to organize or operate online gambling within the USA, unless you have government permission.


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