Update 24 March: The address is now being given as a “restaurant in the CC Joseba, paseo de Aquilino” in Los Cristianos. The bar seems not to have been closed, but police say they have stopped betting taking place and have identified six people, all British, involved in gambling at the time: five were tourists and one is said to be the person in charge of the betting activity. The bar’s owner, also British, is reported as saying that he was not directly involved but turned a blind eye because it increased customers. Details, together with evidence seized (betting slips, an “odds board”, and the like) have now been passed to the Canarian Government’s Betting and Gambling Inspection department.
Update 23 March: Local reports say that the first bar to be closed, which an employee on Facebook identified as the Highlander in Parque de la Paz (Playa de las Américas), has now reopened, but now Diario de Avisos is reporting that Arona policia local closed another “gambling bar” only yesterday. The paper says that this second establishment took illegal bets on horse races and other sports, and that both closures are part of a municipal offensive to avoid tourists being “unduly affected” by the “irregularities” caused by such crime.
Police have not named the bar, but said that it has been cordoned off and is in a commercial centre in Avenida Londres, Los Cristianos, the dual carriageway that runs from El Mirador down past Victoria Court to the CC Bahia. They added that they disturbed betting taking place and seized €1,000; one of those present was carrying no documentation and so was handed over to the national police.
Original post 4 March; Arona Policía Local have confirmed a report in today’s Diario de Avisos that they have closed an illegal betting shop in the municipality. The shop took bets on horse races, and during the raid, some €2,000 was seized: police say that they think the business moves around €10,000 daily. Police say that the owner of the property had ignored repeated warnings because betting activity was a good sideline to his official business, which is a “classic English pub”. Police say that given other irregularities, the amount of fines likely to be imposed will probably mean that the business has to close.