100 million baht illegal online gambling bust in Bangkok

PHOTO: An onlline gambling website moving 100 million baht a month was busted in Bangkok. (via Flickr Bago Games)

Continuing their raids on illegal gambling sites and online scams, police have busted an internet gambling ring moving a 100 million baht per month. Today’s bust was in Bangkok following an investigation tracing the origins of a gambling website called PGSLOT889. Police raided a condominium in the Bangkok Noi district today and arrested 19 people allegedly involved in the online betting site.

The illegal online gambling website was set up spread across 3 separate condos in the Pinklao River Park View condominium in Bangkok Noi. Investigators tracked the online operations to the rooms on the 11th and 15th floors, according to police officials.

The Criminal Court issued a warrant to search the rooms in question. Police took into custody at the scene 11 women and 8 men who will face illegal gambling charges for the online betting site. The nationalities of those arrested were not reported. In those rooms, the police confiscated 27 mobile phones, 30 monitors, 8 computers, 7 bank books, and 17 ATM cards.

Authorities studying the operations of the gambling website have estimated that a minimum of 100 million baht of bets had been placed through the site each month. Police will continue their investigation and widen their search to find other illegal online gambling operations that may be connected to this one.

Illegal online gambling websites have been a growing problem, perhaps fueled by the economic devastation of the Covid-19 pandemic. Police have been active in investigating and tracking down these operations with the most recent bust just 2 days ago in Pattaya with 6 Thai people arrested for a site earning 10,000 baht a day. The day before that an online gambling ring of recent graduates was busted in Bangkok. And just a few months ago another group of Thai and Chinese nationals was arrested in Bangkok with over 15 million baht of assets seized in a large online gambling operation set up in 4 houses.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Neill Fronde

Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10+ years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.


  1. I’ve said this for a long time it is essential that the Thai government legalise gambling all round as the billions the country can make its mind boggling. Everyone knows it goes off with all kinds of things so legalise it. Also the foreign investment to come from taxes etc would be vast.

  2. i can tell you we got vlt in bars here and Shure the govt get cash but it only takes from the lower income people hardest don,t go down that cash grab path. the rich can all ways travle to one of the other countrys to get there fix

  3. I agree with you Barry,more money for the country all round,more jobs and higher wages for the Thai people it’s a no brainier really. It has to happen sooner or later or otherwise stay in the dark ages!!

  4. I don’t think the Thais should legalize gambling. I’ve heard too many horror stories of Thai wives of foreigners losing all their money on online gambling apps or live games. I don’t think they can control their gambling as well as most westerners do. I’ve also seen the devastation that building a casino can have on a local community.

  5. I think the Thai government should definitely legalise it for sure. They gambling on everything in Thailand already so it wouldn’t be any different all it would do is create more jobs create more money for the people and country. It would also bring in foreign money and lots of it. All it would do is make it legit instead of being underground which it is now

  6. It’s got to be legalised in the long term. Imagine the money it would bring in and the jobs it would create. Definitely Thailand would be the Pearl of Asia. No more tin huts and poverty. The new generation would be all far better off.

  7. Everyone has opinions on this matter the Thailand would prosper so much and the people would too. Let’s say for instance Thailand gave it a trial just for foreigners and not for Thais so there is maybe the solution. Thai people cannot gamble but foreign people can do no excuse from that then.

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