HOA BINH (VNS)-- A huge gambling-den was discovered yesterday during a raid carried out by over 120 policemen in Hoa Binh Province's Hoa Son Commune.
The gambling-den, comprised of a temporary tent on a solitary hill, contained a total of 59 gamblers, including 30 females. All were seized.
The police also confiscated more than VND500 million (US$23,800), six automobiles and dozens of motorbikes.
Nguyen Van Tai, 40, is the ringleader of the den which opens for two sessions each day, 11am-3pm and 10pm til late.
Director of the Criminal Police Department Ho Sy Tien said the den's scale showed that its ringleader and gamblers were running a highly professional operation.
The gamblers contacted each other via walkie-talkie and used automobiles as barricades to prevent strangers from entering the den.
Each gambler joining the gambling ring had to pay between VND500,000-1 million ($23-47).
Investigations by the Criminal Police Department found that the den had been established for many years, continuously changing its location to avoid police detection. -- VNS