Hanoi police took in 11 suspects on Wednesday for their alleged involvement in an illegal online football betting ring that traded in billions of dong each day.
The suspects face charges of “gambling” and “organizing gambling.”
Bac Tu Liem District police said they are still investigating the ring that is believed to be the largest betting ring ever to operate in the district.
All 11 men, aged 23 to 49, reside in Bac Tu Liem.
Police also confiscated dozens of mobile phones, laptops and tablets used by the gamblers.
They established that Nguyen Anh Tuan, 23, led the ring. Tuan told police he set up the website 332bet.com in July, and attracted around 30 new gamblers each day.
Betting on football is illegal in Vietnam, which is considering legalizing it.
In Vietnam, people caught gambling for the first time are subjected to an administrative fine from VND1-2 million.
However, repeat violations carry a jail term of up to seven years in addition to fines of up to VND30 million.
Meanwhile, the crime of organizing gambling is punishable by jail terms of up to ten years, fines of up to VND100 million and seizure of all property.