Rio de Janeiro: “The JB Busts a Bingo!”

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Bada bingo, bada bicho: Vintage roleta. Source: Musem of the Policia Civil [state judicial police], Rio de Janeiro.

In Campo Grande (Western District), gambling continues full-bore at a location disguised as a concert venue. The owner of the illegal bingo reportedly employes a military police sergeant from Santa Cruz as a security guard. In another location, in Vista Alegre, customers even receive receipts for the purpose of claiming income tax deductions. Other clandestine gambling joints reportedly operate in Penha, Taquara and Del Castilho.

The clipping service of the Brazilian Ministério do Planejamento has this, from the Jornal do Brasil — which seems to be on something of a crusade against the illegal gambling joints of Rio de Janeiro.

Mais um videobingo foi estourado na madrugada de ontem, por volta de 1h, na Rua General Polidoro, número 164, em Botafogo (Zona Sul). Policiais do 2º Batalhão da Polícia Militar fecharam a casa clandestina depois de uma denúncia anônima. Apesar de estar em funcionamento na hora em que a polícia chegou, o responsável pelo estabelecimento não foi identificado. Sete idosos flagrados jogando foram liberados após serem identificados.

Another “videobingo” was shut down last night around 1 a.m. at 164 General Polidoro St. in Botafogo (Southern Zone). Police from the 2nd Military Police Battalion closed the underground gambling house after receiving an anonymous tip. Though it was in full operation when the police arrived, the person in charge of the establishment was not identified. Seven senior citizens caught gambling were released after being identified by police.

Do local, seis máquinas caça-níqueis em funcionamento e três quebradas foram levadas para o depósito da Receita Federal. Na sexta-feira, mais de 400 máquinas de caça-níquel haviam sido apreendidas pela PM no Catete.

Six functioning “nickel-hunter” and three broken ones were taken to a federal tax authority warehouse. On Friday, more than 400 “nickel-hunters” were seized by the state military police in Catete.

Após denúncia, polícia age

After tip, police act

Nas últimas duas semanas, a equipe de reportagem do Jornal do Brasil denunciou o funcionamento de oito casas de bingo clandestinas. Três delas, em Copacabana, foram estouradas pela Polícia Civil no dia seguinte a uma das reportagens. Elas funcionavam no Shopping Cidade Copacabana, no Centro Comercial de Copacabana e na Praça Inhangá. Os outros dois locais denunciados no bairro – na Rua Prado Junior e na Barata Ribeiro – fecharam antes da chegada de policiais. O mesmo aconteceu com o bingo que funcionava no Clube Maxwell, em Vila Isabel, e as casas de videobingo de Botafogo, na Rua Araújo Porto Alegre, e na Central, na Rua Senador Pompeu.

In the last two weeks, JB reporters have denounced the existence of eight illegal “bingo” houses. Three of them, in Copacabana, were shut down by the state judicial police on the day following the publication of our reporting. They were operating in the Cidade Copacabana Shopping Center, the Centro Comercial de Copacabana and on Inhangá Square. The other two gambling joints in the neighborhood — on Prado Junior Street and Barata Ribeiro — closed before police arrived. The same occurred with a bingo operating out of the Maxwell Club in Vila Isabel and videobingo houses in Botafogo, on Araújo Porto Alegre St., and downtown, on Senador Pompeu St.

From the Cidade Copacabana’s fairly badly translated English-language Web site:

Built in one of the most privileged areas of Copacabana, in the city of Rio de Janeiro, it shelters 32,000 meters with an exclusive elliptical slope. … The Shopping Cidade Copacabana also provides moments of entertainment and happiness, promoting a few events per month.

A few moments of happiness per month is about all you can realistically ask for, I guess.

PM seria segurança

Military police sergeant reportedly provided security

O JB recebeu denúncias de que pelo menos cinco casas de bingo estariam funcionando na cidade. Em Campo Grande (Zona Oeste), a jogatina correria solta em um lugar que tem como fachada uma casa de show. O proprietário do bingo ilegal teria como segurança um sargento da Polícia Militar de Santa Cruz. Em outro local, em Vista Alegre, os freqüentadores receberiam até recibos para dedução no imposto de renda. As outras casas clandestinas funcionariam na Penha, Taquara e Del Castilho.

In Campo Grande (Western District), gambling continues full-bore at a location disguised as a concert venue. The owner of the illegal bingo reportedly employes a military police sergeant from Santa Cruz as a security guard. In another location, in Vista Alegre, customers even receive receipts for income tax deductions. Other clandestine gambling joints reportedly operate in Penha, Taquara and Del Castilho.

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