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656 Thai People Arrested for illegal Betting on World Cup Matches



656 Thai People Arrested for illegal Betting on World Cup Matches

(CTN News) – This week has been a blast for the Royal Thai Police (RTP) as they have taken down illicit FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar football betting.

The RTP detained 656 Thai citizens during the first week of the competition for running or participating in illicit football betting websites and seized over 200,000 baht from dealers.

Yesterday, Phanurat Lakboon, the assistant to the commissioner-general of the RTP, reported on the department’s efforts to prevent and outlaw unlawful gambling during the 2022 World Cup.

656 persons were detained between November 19 and November 22, according to Phanuwat. At 587 persons, most offenders were detained for paper-based football betting. The remaining 69 persons were detained for playing fantasy football online. There were 640 gamblers and 11 hosts of some gaming.

Police detained 411 persons on Sunday, November 22, the first day of the World Cup in Qatar, and recovered approximately 100,000 baht from gambling organizations.

91,000 baht has been taken due to football betting during the last four days.

A study of Thai gamblers’ habits was published in The Standard the previous year. Between February 20 and April 8 of last year, the Center for Gambling Studies (CGS) studied gambling behaviours. In 24 provinces, they discovered 6,977 Thais who were 15 years of age or older had been busted gaming.

The poll found that 59.6% of adults bet, and gambling had grown by 6.3% over the last three years. The most popular form of gambling, football betting, has seen a rise in the number of new players.

The poll also showed that over 80% of respondents still bet despite having an average debt of 13,579 baht from gaming.

A fine of 500 to 5,000 baht and a jail sentence of three months to three years are the penalties for appointing, advertising, and attending a gaming table, respectively, under Section 12 of the Gambling Act.

Moreover, Section 3 (9) of the Anti-Money Laundering Act states that anybody who participates in online betting may be sentenced to one to ten years in jail, a fine of 20,000 to 200,000 baht, or both.


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