January 19, 2016

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) A Seoul court has fined newly-signed St. Louis Cardinals reliever Seung Hwan Oh 10 million won ($8,300) for breaking South Korean gambling laws by betting heavily at a Macau casino.

A spokesman from the Seoul Central District Court said Tuesday that former Chicago Cubs pitcher Lim Chang-yong, Oh's ex-teammate with South Korean club Samsung Lions, was also fined the same amount.

The Korean Baseball Organization have already hit both players with half-season bans after prosecutors charged them for betting around 40 million won ($33,000) each at a casino in Macau in 2014.

South Korea has strict gambling laws, which has only one domestic casino for locals while 16 others only admit foreigners. South Koreans are banned from betting large sums of money at venues other than the designated local casino.

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