HONG KONG – The Asian gambling mecca of Macau is bracing for the release of a notorious organized crime boss who was at the center of the gangland violence that plagued the city in the late 1990s.
Wan Kuok-koi, also known as "Broken Tooth Koi," is scheduled to be released from prison Saturday after serving most of a 15-year sentence.
Wan was convicted in 1999 of loan sharking, money laundering and being a gang leader. As head of Macau's 14K triad, Wan waged a brutal war with rival gangs for dominance of the lucrative VIP rooms in the then-Portuguese colony's casinos.
But analysts say that when Wan leaves prison, he'll likely find he has lost much of his influence following Macau's decade-long transformation into the world's top gambling market.