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16 June 2010 :: 10:06:13 am 25419

Bangkok World Cup Gambling Crackdown Nets Bt500,000

This month’s crackdown on illegal football gambling on the World Cup being played in South Africa has netted police over Bt500,000 whilst over 200 arrests have been made.
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Bangkok, the 15th of June [Pattaya Daily News]: Bangkok Metropolitan Police (BMP) on Tuesday revealed that they had arrested 247 gamblers with approximately Bt500,000 worth of circulated money in a continued crackdown on illegal World Cup football gambling.

BMP spokesman Major General Piya Uthayo stated that police had successfully apprehended approximately 247 offenders, seven bookmakers and 5 suspected debt collectors over the first four days of the World Cup. The value of the gambling ring was estimated at Bt500,000 after police seized Bt83,000 in cash and completed betting slips with a value of over Bt430,000.

Joint cooperation between the BMP and the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology has seen over 200 internet websites closed having been involved in online gambling. A broad-scale effort is being made to clampdown on internet crimes, especially gambling and pornography, as yet some crimes are still unacknowledged by Thai law.

At present no arrests have been made on minors evoking a positive response from the Royal Thai Police force who have been attempting to better educate the Thai youth in relation to gambling. Authorities have been closely monitoring local communities and schools looking for evidence of youth involvement in gambling but at present educational measures are proving to be an effective deterrent.

Thailand’s Metropolitan Police Bureau, having setup the specialist center to clamp down on gambling, during the FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa, revealed that the number of arrests due to gambling over the first four days of the tournament had doubled compared to previous years. A violation of Thailand’s gambling laws carries a maximum 1 year prison sentence and Bt1,000 baht fine.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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