Broken Tooth was one of Macau's most notorious gangsters when he was locked up in 1998, shortly before Portuguese authorities handed the territory back over to the Chinese government. In the years since, the city has tranformed from a lawless backwater to an international gambling destination.
The Gaming Control Board has opened an investigation into the links between organized crime and the junket operators that bring the gamblers from the Chinese mainland to Macau. Those ferry companies also control the VIP rooms where many gamblers play cards and they extend credit and collect debts because casinos cannot legally collect gambling debts under Chinese law. The reports of mob involvement were published by a union local on a special Web site it has created to publicize the problems. So what will happen if the allegations are proven true? Is this a storm in a teacup or could it lead to a big shakeup in the world's biggest casino companies?