POLICE IN Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam said yesterday that they have arrested 31 people for gambling on the World Cup. The arrests came in a raid on a coffee shop where people were betting on matches. The shop owners Tran Duc Khanh and Tran Hoa were arrested along with 29 patrons. Police seized $11,500, (pounds 7,100) 10 mobile phones and 10 notebooks that contained names and the amounts wagered. Khanh and Hoa had bought two big-screen television sets to show matches and underwrote the wagering, charging three per cent of winning bets. Vietnam has become obsessed with the World Cup. Last week, a man committed suicide after losing a motorcycle in a bet.
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