Ho Chi Minh City police have arrested 23 people involved in betting on a World Cup match during a raid at a café at Le Hong Phong Apartments on June 14.
Police said the café owner, Phan Van Ngoc Anh, masterminded the illegal betting services, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.
Anh, who had a previous conviction for causing a public nuisance, coordinated with Ly Quoc Hung to receive bets on World Cup matches, they said.
On June 14, dozens of police officers raided the café at 3:20am when a game between Spain and the Netherlands was midway through the second half.
Anh and Hung were caught red-handed taking bets from gamblers.
Betting on football is illegal in Vietnam.
Police seized VND30 million (US$1,414) in cash, two laptops and many notes on the bets.
The duo confessed they opened the café six months ago to supply football betting services.
Anh announced the betting rates while Hung received the money and entered the wagers onto a betting website using his account.
Police are filing charges of organizing gambling against the duo while others face gambling charges.
In related news, Da Nang police raided an illegal cockfighting ring in Son Tra District and arrested 24 people on June 15 .
The arrestees included Nguyen Van Cu Ty, Truong Van Ly and Le Minh Vu, the trio that operates the ring, Tien Phong newspaper reported.
Police seized more than VND57 million and $2,000 in cash, 20 cell phones, a car and 12 motorbikes and six roosters.
The gamblers confessed that it is one of the biggest cockfighting ring in the city and has operated since May 2013.
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.
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