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22 People Caught Gambling Poker in 5-star Hotel in Vietnam

March 24, 2023 Vietnam Crime & Legal

22 people organized a gambling game of poker at a 5-star hotel in Vinh Yen City in the northern Vinh Phuc Province in Vietnam. More than 4.6 million chip points (over 4.6 billion VND) were confiscated.

The Criminal Police Department of the Ministry of Public Security (C02) identified the leader as Tran Anh Linh, 47 years old, director of Tran Le Gia Company in Ho Chi Minh City. More than 4.6 million chips, equivalent to over 4.6 billion VND, and many related documents were seized.

On March 22, Lieutenant General To An Xo, spokesman of the Ministry of Public Security, said that this group operates on a large scale, many of the participants are business owners or people with economic conditions.

Source of VnExpress said, 22 people gathered in Vinh Phuc to participate in a golf tournament on March 23-25. However, the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Vinh Phuc province has not yet agreed to the organization due to incomplete documents. On the evening of March 20, while waiting to attend, the group of golfers played poker at a 5-star resort – hotel in Vinh Yen city and was caught by the police.

Among the 22 people being detained are leaders of the Vietnam Golf Association. Through classification, the authorities identified 5 people with signs of gambling organization, the rest were gambling.

Poker is a game with a 52-card deck, licensed to operate in the form of a tournament under the Vietnam Poker and Bridge Sports Association. However, Bridge & Poker activities currently do not have specific guidance circulars, some places operate spontaneously. When establishing an association, just ask the permission of the local government, making poker competition can turn chess into gambling in disguise.

Study finds illegal gambling ads common on Facebook in Vietnam
Earlier this week, a recent survey by VnExpress revealed that Facebook is showing illegal gambling and adult content ads in Vietnam, including to accounts whose owners have not searched for such content. The study found that 96 per cent of respondents had come across gambling ads on Facebook, along with content they found “disgusting”. Some 81 per cent said such ads were common.

Users said that the ads appear at specific times of day: gambling ads in the afternoon and adult content in the evening. The contentious ads were frequently livestreams directing users to gambling websites.

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