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Two Chiang Rai Business Men Arrested for Operating Gambling Establishment



The slot machines were made to look like karaoke jukeboxes. – Photo Thai PBS

CHIANG RAI – Two men have been arrested in Chiang Rai’s Muang district by police and military personnel on charges of operating illegal gambling through slot machines which look like karaoke jukeboxes.

Officials raided a shop in Tantichai market in Muang district after a tip off that the shop had installed several slot machines which were modified to look like karaoke jukeboxes to distract police attention.

The raiding officials found the shopkeeper, identified as Arkor Chemue, 58, in the shop, 196 chips and 2,085 baht cash. He was booked on charge of operating illegal gambling.

As the officials were taking note of the arrest, Somchai Rithimahun, showed up claiming he was a co-partner of the shop and presented a license to operate a karaoke business to prove the legitimacy of his business.

He also claimed that the slot machines were actually karoke juke boxes for vendors and people in the market who love singing to enjoy sing-along with the music from the jukeboxes.

The officials were not convinced and arrested Mr.Somchai for operating illegal gambling.

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