More than 130 gamblers were held in police custody on Friday after they had been caught gambling at a den located at the border between three southern provinces.
Police in Dong Nai Province told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Friday they had broken up a large-scale gambling ring that was operating in an area that borders the provinces of Dong Nai, Binh Thuan and Lam Dong.
At 5:00 pm on the same day, hundreds of Dong Nai police officers raided the illegal gambling den in Da Kai Commune, Duc Linh District in Binh Thuan Province.
Over 130 people were caught playing sic bo, a three-dice game where players bet that a certain condition will be satisfied by a roll of the dice.
Gamblers dispersed into the nearby woods upon being alerted to the police officers. However, all of their escape routes had been blocked.
Police seized more than VND130 million (US$5,660) worth of cash on gambling tables, and hundreds of millions of Vietnamese dong in the possession of the gamblers, as well as their motorbikes, cars, and other exhibits. (VND1 million = $43.5)
The Dong Nai Police Department said the gambling den had been operational for a long time. It was purposely situated in the area bordering the three provinces to avoid detection.
Investigators found that the den was run by around 20 ring leaders, who stationed many of their members around the gambling area to keep a watch out for police officers.