NINH BÌNH — Thirty-four people were arrested after police busted an interprovincial gambling ring hidden in a chicken farm in Ninh Bình Province, local police said on Thursday.
Ninh Bình police raided the farm in Nho Quan District at around 1.30pm on Tuesday.
Thirty-four gamblers were caught red-handed playing xóc đĩa - an illegal game in Việt Nam in which players will bet on whether the house’s number turns out odd or even.
Police seized nearly VNĐ500 million (US$22,200) in cash at the scene, along with the gamblers’ mobile phones and several vehicles.
Among the arrested, three Nho Quan residents Bùi Đức Hải, 35, Nguyễn Văn Kiên, 43 and 40-year-old Đinh Văn Hiền were said to be the ring leaders.
The three admitted to the police that they used a 54-seat coach to pick up players from around Ninh Bình and as far as Hòa Bình and Hải Phòng to take them to the gambling den. Each gambler had to pay VNĐ1 million as an entrance fee.
Police are expanding investigations into the case. — VNS