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Officials of TV Stations and IT Firms Allegedly Involved in Organized Gambling

On March 2, 2007, many Vietnamese government-owned TV stations and Information Technology firms in Vietnam that have interests in mobile games are being accused of being involved in organized gambling and even purposely rigging a contest in favor of a particular individual or group.

According to the Ho Chi Minh City Bar Association, these gambling games require players to send messages via cell phone that cost VND 15,000 or about $1 per text message. This is like bookmaking and bookmaking is prohibited in Vietnam.

A lot of these games have popped up lately ranging from guessing football scores, winners of certain national contests and even the end of a soap opera. The betting law is yet to be passed in Vietnam, making it illegal in the country except for the state run lottery games.

Luu Van Tam, Head of Thai Ha Lawyer's Office, commented that the games made a lot of money and is demanding to know if the organizers of these games paid the right taxes. The person who discovered that the organizers gave no more than an equivalent of 12.5% of the money they earned from these games is Than Nien.

On the condition of anonymity, an organizer of these mobile games told Than Nien that the main decision to pick the winner is made by the organizers. The organizer also stated that they have 100% control over who wins the prizes. Prizes like motorcycles and money equivalent to VND30 or 50 million were fake and usually not given to the winner of the mobile gambling games. The prizes are usually cash prizes of around VND 10,000 or VND 20,000. In addition, the organizers only hand out money after they have earned a certain percentage of it.

Phan Sao Nam from the digital TV station VTC commented that their station selects the winners of their contest randomly and they do the process honestly and transparently.


Thursday, March 22, 2007