Tag Archives: thailand gambling crackdown
- Banged up in Bangkok: World Cup gambling arrest figures
July 13, 2010
Thai police are only half pleased with the results of their crackdown on World Cup bettors. Viewed from a ‘gosh, don’t we look tough on crime’ perspective, the 1,782 arrests represent an ‘improvement’ over the 2006 figures, but two other figures are less impressive. For one, the bookie to punter...
- Thai PM admits defying the will of the people is ‘difficult’
July 10, 2010
No one will be happier to see the 2010 World Cup come to a conclusion on Sunday than Thailand’s Prime Minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva. Vejjajiva, who claims he will be watching the final match from a 'neutral corner,' isn’t so neutral when it comes to his stance on sports betting, having...
- Are Thai police really out to arrest half the country over footie bets?
June 12, 2010
Ever hear the story of King Canute, the Viking whackadoo who believed he had the power to make the ocean tides behave as he commanded? Reminds us of the police in Thailand threatening to arrest everyone who dares to wager on World Cup matches. As one wag puts it, if...