The police in Vietnam detained over 380 Chinese nationals for their involvement in operating the country’s largest underground online gambling ring. The government officials confirmed the figures after a massive operation was carried on this Sunday.
Gambling is illegal in Vietnam. Foreigners are allowed to wager at local casinos. However, online gambling remains completely illegal.
Of those arrested, the majority are in the age group 18 to 24. The detained Chinese nationals were operating online gambling websites from over 100 rooms “at a tightly guarded urban area in Haiphong City, 100 km east of Hanoi,” the ministry said in a statement on its website.
According to the reports, the online gambling ring allowed gamblers from China to gamble on online casinos and sports betting platforms as well as lotteries. The underground gambling ring is reported to make transactions worth 3 billion yuan ($436.14 million).
A statement from the Ministry of Public Security said: “This is the largest ever gambling ring in terms of both the number of foreigners involved and in terms of money in Vietnamese territory.”
The statement from the ministry also confirmed that 2,000 smartphones and 530 computers were confiscated in the raid.
Earlier this year in April, the chief inspector of the Vietnamese Information Ministry was detained for alleged involvement in $420 million organized illegal online gambling operations.