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Bac Ninh police break five Chinese-owned gambling dens

A total of 24 Chinese nationals have been arrested after police in northern Bac Ninh province raided a series of arcades that were allegedly transformed into gambling dens.

The arcades were equipped with typical machines which were transformed into betting games.

Colonel Pham The Tung, Director of the provincial Police Department, said the police raided five arcades, including three in Bac Ninh city, one in Thuan Thanh district and one in Tu Son township on October 28.

The police seized a large amount of cash, including nearly 250 million VND (10,770 USD), 16,300 yuan (2,300 USD) and 540 USD, as well as four game booths and 12 score cards from the centres.

Major Nguyen Dinh Hung, deputy head of the provincial Police Department’s Criminal Police Division, said the arcades were illegally operated by a group of Vietnamese and Chinese people. The arcades mainly served Chinese gamblers.

All of the centres were equipped with cameras. Those who were unfamiliar with the operators could not get in.

Gamblers were required to buy cards to record their scores before playing the machines. The points could be exchanged for cash.

The case is under further investigation.