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Police on the lookout for football gambling as the Euros kick off today

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BANGKOK: -- A national police chief has warned the public as well as colleagues about getting involved in betting on the Euro 2016 football tournament that begins in France today.

Police general Pongsaphat Pongcharoen said that authorities will be especially looking out that youth do not get involved in betting "and become a new generation of gamblers".

Pongsaphat has ordered for all police departments involved in crime detection on the ground and in technological areas to pull together to stop illegal betting on the tournament. He warned that betting syndicates would have their assets seized and that police already have some advance information they are working on.

He also warned sternly about policemen getting involved in betting saying that any officers who break the gambling laws will be severly punished.

And in related news police at the border checkpoint between Thailand and Cambodia at Aranyaprathet say they have collected more than a 150 leaflets advertising online betting services. The leaflets are said to have originated at the Poi Pet casino across the border and were left at pedestrian border crossing areas.

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Officers gathered up the leaflets and burnt them so they would not fall into the hands of young people in particular.

Major international football tournaments like the Euros and the World Cup always see a marked spike in illegal betting as soccer mad Thais seek to add some extra spice to the events.

Source: Sanook, Thairath

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There is a daily underground football wagering publication 365 days, half an A4, full up with matches. If there are no top shelf matches they fill it up with anything they can find from the Azores to Zimbabwe, incl. industrial leagues in Kazakhstan.

While there is an increase in baht volume, following salary day and during peak league fixtures, I'm not sure why they decide to have a crack-down for a day or two? Oh, right. Never mind.

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Legalise it.

Build casinos.

People can bet online find a bookie bet with mates. Or just wander over the border It's been done for years.

Better than the upcoming headlines of shootouts over betting on the Euro or World Cup etc.

Not to mention the revenue brought in by tourists etc.

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''He also warned sternly about policemen getting involved in betting saying that any officers who break the gambling laws will be severly punished.''

Did he say this before or after he placed his bet wink.png

Severely punished...

Well, first time for everything I suppose. But wait! By 'severely' do they mean they'll get a good talking to - with some shouting?

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Isn't it usual for someone from the Education Dept to warn schools to be on the lookout too for students betting on this tournament ?

Then there's the other warning about students missing classes or not being attentive enough with the valuable advice on ' warning signs ' such as students looking tired because they stay up to the wee hours to watch the games on television !

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This is another regular that crops up during some big kick off , wait to see them realty get wound up with the world cup , , with gambling, Thai's are likely to blow the family budget for the next couple of years, so they try to counteract this, it is all a waste of time, they know that , but lots of families hurt after big league matches and gambling is frowned upon from the big castle, the whole process is similar to rain making....................................coffee1.gif

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Build casinos.

Done. Most every town already has a casino. You've probably passed by more than a few without realizing it.

FWIW, most forms of gambling, from cock/fish fighting to underground lottery are well entrenched. Taxes (profit from both gaming and loans) are paid to the local band of "influential people". This won't change.

Even if large, international casinos do get built here, they won't allow the local serfs to enter/participate. They will be for international clientele.

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