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13 July 2010 :: 12:07:30 pm 30646

National World Cup Gambling Crackdown Figures Revealed

The national campaign to suppress gambling over the 2010 World Cup period has been announced as successful by Bangkok Metropolitan Police. Over 1,700 gamblers were arrested during the competition with over Bt3 million in circulated money confiscated.
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Bangkok, the 12th of July 2010: Statistics released by the agency setup to tackle gambling on the World Cup revealed that police had arrested 1,782 gamblers during the tournament, confiscating Bt166,200 in cash and Bt3.6 million in circulated money.

Accordingly, the number of arrests made was an improvement on the campaign during the 2006 World Cup; however, the amount of confiscated money was significantly down as bookies increasingly moved their operations onto the internet.

The breakdown of arrests reveals that out of 1782 offenders, 28 bookies were arrested with, 39 debt collectors and 1,715 punters. Compared to 2006 when 492 bookies were arrested out of 1,593 offenders, 1,101 of which were punters. In 2006 police confiscated approximately Bt7.5 million in cash and found circulation totalling Bt845 million.

Metropolitan police revealed that the massive shift to the online gambling market by bookies had significantly affected results. Coupled with the electronic transfer of funds, gambling is being taken off the streets explained detectives. Despite the massive variance in confiscated monies, officers revealed this years results as “positive”.

Accordingly, a special taskforce is now being devised to monitor acts of illegal gambling online in an attempt to subjugate the bookies ability to avoid detection. Due to many of the betting websites being on overseas servers the process of restricting access to sites is made more difficult, but detection and identification of offenders using the sites from within Thailand is a relatively simple procedure according to internet crime specialists.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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