Former Macau triad boss “Broken Tooth” Wan Kuok Koi is reported to be pursuing ownership of three VIP gambling rooms in the Chinese casino enclave where his violent exploits once were legendary.
Freed in December after serving 13 years in prison for a series of gangland crimes, the 57-year-old Mr Wan is pursuing the alleged openings as a first step in a planned comeback in the casino industry, reports Hong Kong’s East Week magazine.
The magazine, citing sources close to Mr Wan, did not specify in which casinos the rooms would open but said Mr Wan is partnering with Christine Si Tou Yuk Lin. Ms Si, sometimes addressed as “Big Sister” in deference to her influence in the industry, is the former lover of Ng Man Sun, a major investor in the Greek Mythology Casino on Macau’s Taipa Island. Known in Macau and Hong Kong as “Street Market Wai,” Mr Ng was a bitter rival of Broken Tooth’s before the latter was jailed. Mr Ng made news last summer after he was attacked and severely beaten in a restaurant in the Greek Mythology by several men armed with clubs and hammers. No one was charged in the attack and there have been no arrests.
East Week reports that Mr Wan’s family currently have six or seven VIP rooms, although Mr Wan himself is said to be under close police surveillance. His first attempt to travel overseas since his release was spoiled last month when Singapore authorities refused him entry into the city-state.