Kampong Speu provincial police on Monday arrested 20 people who were betting on cockfighting in a coffee shop.
Provincial police chief Major General Som Samuon said the arrests were made during a raid on the shop in Samrong Tong district’s Trapaing Kuong commune.
“They were arrested while they were betting on cockfighting being shown live on a Thai television channel,” he said.
Police hauled in 19 male gamblers and a woman who was the coffee shop owner. They also seized 25 motorbikes and a TV set from the shop.
Maj Gen Samuon said police will keep cracking down on all kinds of illegal gambling, robberies, drug use and trafficking in the province.
According to the Law on the Suppression of Gambling, any person who gambles shall be subjected to a fine of between 10,000 riel, or about $2.50, to 50,000 riel, or jailed for a week to a month.
Repeated offenders face fines ranging from 50,000 to 500,000 riel, plus a jail term of between a month to a year.
Those who open, own or manage gambling dens face fines ranging from $1,250 to $5,000 and jail terms of between one to five years.