Pattaya Daily News

11 June 2006 :: 16:06:28 pm 20850

Football mania!

Historically, when ever a Government tries to stop people from engaging in enjoyable pursuits, they simply want to do it more, and more.
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There was more drinking of alcohol to excess, in the USA, during prohibition, than before, for example.
In Thailand Gambling, could be said to come into that category. Thais love a Flutter, but they are denied this pleasure by Law. So, perversely, they do it, in secret whenever, and wherever, they possibly can.
They also love Football. So put them both together, and you have the greatest National desire to gamble ever……
An estimated 4 million will probably, place a bet on the winners of that great competition, and around 14 billion Baht will drop into the voracious hands of undercover bookies.
In an effort to stem the tidal wave of gambling that’s expected, 1200 Police officers have been mobilized throughout the land.
But, shouting ‘Foul” as loudly as they may, the Cops will face a Football Tsunami, and it’s totally unstoppable…….Come-on England!

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Society

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