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Police bust 100-strong soccer gambling rings

Update: June, 16/2012 - 07:18

HCM CITY — A total of 100 people involved in two football gambling rings in HCM City were arrested on Thursday, according to the City's Police Department.

The Investigative Police Department, together with the Go Vap District Police, arrested 38 people at midnight on Thursday for gambling on a football match between Denmark and Portugal.

They were arrested at the Hoi Ngo coffee shop located in K26 Apartment Building in Duong Quang Ham Street in Go Vap District's Ward 7.

The police seized about VND60 million (US$2,870) in cash as well as papers that contained information on the hundreds of dong that had been bet on the match.

The PC45 unit placed 10 of them in custody for further investigation, and the others were granted bail.

Police said the ringleader and owner of the coffee shop was 40-year-old Le My Minh of Binh Thanh District.

Minh told police that a man named Hoang told him how to organise football gambling at his coffee shop, and gave him VND30 million ($1,400) in cash in advance to pay people who had bet on winning teams.

Minh said he received three per cent of the money from losing bets.

Police said that Minh had been receiving since February an average of more than VND1.2 million ($57.3) for each international football match.

For this year's football EURO Cup, which began last week, Minh has been earning far more, according to police.

Another gambling ring was discovered on the same day in the city's Thu Duc District when a match between Germany and Holland was played.

The district's police officers arrested 60 people and seized a large amount of money used for bets on the match.

Also on Thursday, police in southern Binh Phuoc Province's Dong Xoai Township arrested five men for gambling on EURO 2012 football matches. — VNS

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