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Police arrest 40 for gambling on illegal cockfight

Update: June, 15/2015 - 19:36
Gamblers involved in cockfight are arrested at the scene. — Photo vietnamplus.vn

HUNG YEN (VNS) — Uncovering a large gambling ring involved in cockfight, police arrested some 40 gamblers in the township of northern Hung Yen Province.

Hundreds of gamblers on Saturday gathered at a farm owned by Nguyen Ngoc Kheo, 59, in Bao Khe Commune, when police broke in and seized 15 fighting cocks, VND500 million (US$24,000), some 100 motorbikes, and many mobile phones.

While 40 gamblers were arrested from the spot, several others, including viewers, managed to escape.

According to police, this has so far been the largest-ever gambling ring they have unearthed in the province.

Local people who tipped off police about the gambling ring said cockfighting was organised every weekend for more than three months.

Gamblers used cockfighting for gambling and pay about VND50,000 each to enter the ring. They can bring their own cockfighting birds too. Each cock that won would pay about VND500,000 to the ring owner.

Police said they will expand their investigation and will impose strict charges on the gamblers arrested. — VNS

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