Pattaya Daily News

22 August 2010 :: 16:08:07 pm 36155

Major Football Gambling Syndicate Unravelled in Pattaya

Pattaya police swooping on a football gambling operation in South Pattaya on Saturday have unravelled a massive illegal gambling syndicate. The operation, believed to turnover in excess of Bt1 million was operating from a premise in South Pattaya’s Soi Daynight.
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Pattaya, the 21st of August 2010: At approximately 8:30pm on Saturday, Lieutenant Colonel Arun Phornphan (Pattaya Tourism Police) conducted a team of officers in a raid on a known gambling operation in Soi Daynight (behind Tukcom), South Pattaya. Allegedly, officers had been investigating the movements of several members of the operation for sometime prior to Saturday’s raid.

During the raid, on what is known as the “Singto Daynight” business, officers arrested the business manager Mr. Sarawut Uttha [20], financial manager Mr. Hannarong Thongngam [32] and 4 customers/runners in the illegal operation.

Under interrogation, Mr. Uttha admitted to being the business manager of the “Singto Daynight” operation, also revealing that the store was merely a subsidiary of a larger “Singto” football gambling syndicate operating in and around Pattaya. Mr. Uttha explained that he had been operating the business for several years, servicing mainly local school/university students, teenagers, street vendors and motorbike taxi drivers.

Officers confiscated a computer system, printer, fax machine, football schedules, financial accounts, international and Thai football newspapers, numerous football-betting odds calculations from several sources, gambling collection schedules, business receipts and an amount of Bt21,180 in cash.

Lt. Col. Phornphan attributed the successful bust to an extensive investigation prior to Saturday’s raid, with further investigations into the “Singto” enterprise ongoing in an attempt to further stifle the illegal gambling operations. Officers estimate the turnover of the “Singto Daynight” operation to be approximately Bt1 million per match-day.

At present, all six men arrested in the raid have been remanded in police custody pending further interrogation and judicial proceedings.

Editor’s Note: Gambling operations such as this are prevelent throughout Pattaya. Most operations are fairly minor with a few close friends formulating betting sheets (list of available matches with their offered odds) distributing them at local markets, football matches and meeting places. Usually there are several operations operating at the same location, fighting for the business of eager punters with varying odds.

The distribution of betting sheets, money collection/payment is then done either by the operators themselves or by several other contacts known as “runners” (usually motorbike taxi’s). As with anything that involves the transportation of money, most runners/collectors are armed and often implicated in altercations between youth gangs, involved heavily with gambling operations.

Most minor operations will exist with only very minor capital spread between several people and as such only take in bets of between Bt500-1,000 per match. Larger operators take in anywhere up to Bt20,000 on a single match but are backed by significantly more capital.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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