A 53-year-old Paphos man was remanded in custody for three days on Friday in connection with operating an illegal casino that adjoined his convenience store.
Police said they caught the suspect, using an undercover officer. The establishment has been in operation for at least three years and has been repeatedly raided by police. On several occasions however, officers were unable to catch them in the act since the operators put measures in place to check punters.
Investigator Marios Aristidou told the court that they had received a tip from an informant that computers were installed in the establishment, which were used for games of chance.
The building, police said, is a 24-hour convenience store with an adjoining room hosting computers that were turned into gaming machines.
To arrest the owner, police used an undercover officer who asked to have a go and immediately entered the room without giving the owner time to react.
The officer paid the cashier with a marked bill and asked to play. Several minutes later, the online slot game on the computer was credited with €20.
Three other men were present in the room, the court heard, engaged in online slot games.
The officer notified his colleagues who arrived on the scene.
When the officers arrrived, the owner pretended he was moving some objects and disconnected the power from the computer on his counter, police said.
Officers seized 34 computer towers, 17 screens, two lists with names, two cameras, and €60 in cash, which police said were proceeds from unlawful activities.
The court heard they were seeking four servers, which provided the service.