Vietnam police arrest 3 men wanted in China for gambling racket

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Three Chinese men who are wanted in their country for allegedly operating an illegal casino were arrested by police in Da Lat where they had been hiding.

The Lam Dong Province police told Thanh Nien Sunday that they had handed over Liu Xiao Ping, 38, Yang Wu, 40, and Wei Dong Huang, 53, to the Immigration Department for deportation to China.

They found the men at a hotel on October 10, the police said, adding that they had fled to Vietnam after their racket was busted.

They had checked in at the hotel a day earlier, Cong An Nhan Dan (People's Police) newspaper said. 

The trio operated a website that allowed people in China to gamble virtually at the Baccarat casino in Cambodia.

By the time Chinese authorities shut down the website, their business had expanded to 22 provinces and cities and earned more than 300 million yuan (US$47.56 million).

In August a similar gambling racket was busted in Vietnam and five suspects, including gang leader Lam Manh Nhi, were arrested.

The Ministry of Public Security said the gang worked with the Moc Bai casino in Cambodia's Bavet area on the border. A Chinese national worked under Nhi's supervision and managed the gang's activities in China.

Gamblers in Vietnam and China would gamble on recorded games, placing their bets within 30 seconds.

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At the end of the 30 seconds the casino staff would open the cards or dice in the recorded clips.

The gamblers and Nhi would transfer money to each other's bank account depending on who won.

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