Italian woman sues Vietnamese casino for not paying out $1.9 mln winnings

By Phan Anh   January 20, 2022 | 02:45 am PT
An Italian woman has sued a casino in Kien Giang's Phu Quoc Island for not paying her $2.4 million winnings in full.

According to the lawsuit claim against the Kongkon company filed on Oct. 11, 2021, the anonymous woman visited a resort to play cards between May 30 and June 9 last year. Kongkon runs Corona Resort & Casino Phu Quoc.

She won a number of chips equivalent to VND54.6 billion ($2.4 million). The amount of money has been confirmed by the company, local media reported.

The company then paid the Italian woman through two other people a total VND10 billion, sent on three separate occasions: May 31, June 7 and 10.

Kongkon has yet to hand the Italian woman the rest of the money, VND44.6 billion. The woman has requested the company multiple times to pay her, but to no avail.

The woman is now suing the company to pay her the money, plus interests, which is around VND1.4 billion, as of Oct. 11, 2021.

On Jan. 10, Kien Giang People's Court accepted to proceed with the case.

Vietnam, which treats gambling as a 'social evil', allowed Vietnamese to enter a casino for the first time in 2019.

Casino Corona is the only one open to locals. Vietnam has five other casinos, but they are reserved for only foreign passport holders.

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