Macau has a lower statutory minimum wage for its maids than Hong Kong and Taiwan. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

An underground gambling den in Macau that live-streamed baccarat games from a casino in the Philippines was busted by police during an operation on December 13.

At 7am, police arrested a 26-year-old man surnamed Leung, a 28-year-old woman surnamed Heung and a 30-year-old mainland Chinese man over alleged involvement in a crime syndicate operating an illegal gambling establishment at a flat in a residential building at Zona Nova de Aterros do Porto Exterior, Today Macao reports.

The den was found to be broadcasting a baccarat gaming table from a casino in the Philippines and accepting bets from gamblers through WeChat, China’s major messaging and social media mobile app, police said.

Officers confiscated a number of mobile phones, computers, bookkeeping books and security devices for mainland Chinese banks.

The gambling den, which is said to have been operational for at least one year and believed to be controlled by an international crime syndicate, took in about HK$2 million (US$255,780) a year, police.

This was the second illegal gambling den they had raided in a month.