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16 people caught gambling on tourist boat in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

16 people caught gambling on tourist boat in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

Thursday, May 27, 2021, 16:33 GMT+7
16 people caught gambling on tourist boat in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta
Illegal gamblers are caught playing cards on a tourist boat in Tien Giang Province, Vietnam, May 26, 2021. Photo: Le Hoai / Tuoi Tre

Police in Tien Giang Province, located in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, on Wednesday arrested 16 people implicated in an illicit gambling ring that was operated on a tourist boat.

At 1:30 pm on the same day, police officers found the tourist boat operated by Nguyen Van Son, 47, from Tan Phu Dong District in the same province, showing suspicious signs.

As they raided the boat while it was docked on a local canal, they caught 13 women and three men illegally playing card games for money on site. 

Illegal gamblers are caught playing cards on a tourist boat in Tien Giang Province, Vietnam, May 26, 2021. Photo: Le Hoai / Tuoi Tre

Illegal gamblers are caught playing cards on a tourist boat in Tien Giang Province, Vietnam, May 26, 2021. Photo: Le Hoai / Tuoi Tre

Police confiscated 12 cellphones, VND51 million (US$2,203) in cash, and several used 52-card decks.

The gamblers said that Nguyen Phu Si, the 42-year-old owner of the boat hailing from Tan Phu Dong, was the organizer of the gambling racket.

About 8:30 am on the same day, the Tien Giang police also broke up an illegal cockfight den operated by Nguyen Huu Hai, 45, in Cai Be District.

Illegal gamblers are caught betting on cockfight in Tien Giang Province, Vietnam, May 26, 2021. Photo: Hoai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

Illegal gamblers are caught betting on cockfights in Tien Giang Province, Vietnam, May 26, 2021. Photo: Hoai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

At the cockpit, police officers detained 12 people and took away two roosters, 20 used tape rolls, one five-kilogram weight, seven pairs of iron spurs, ten mobile phones, 12 motorbikes, and nearly VND52 million ($2,250) in cash.

In Vietnam, gambling and organizing gambling and related gaming activities are subject to fines of VND10-50 million ($430-2,150) and jail terms of three to seven years.

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