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Nonthaburi gamblers given jail sentences

Maya Taylor



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Following a raid on an illegal gambling den in the central province of Nonthaburi, 41 people have been handed jail sentences at Nonthaburi Provincial Court. Somjit Hinkerd and Sorasak Janthamanee were convicted of running a gambling den in the Bang Bua Thong district and sentenced to 3 months and 15 days’ imprisonment. The other gamblers were sentenced to 15 days’ imprisonment, suspended for 1 year, and a 10,000 baht fine each.

The gamblers were all arrested during a raid on Thursday night, which caught them playing a card game known as Dragon-Tiger. Nation Thailand reports that the property is owned by Sorasak and it’s understood the gambling was organised by Somjit. The operation took the form of a “moving casino”, in that it would regularly change location to avoid being caught.

Illegal gambling dens are thought to have played a significant role in the resurgence of Covid-19 in Thailand. PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has appealed for the public’s help in identifying such operations, saying the government needs citizens’ cooperation to shut them down.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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    Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 11:30 am

    I sleep much better knowing someone is doing something against those covid dens.

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      Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 12:18 pm

      Sentences are hardly a deterrent – slap in the wrist

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        Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 9:08 pm

        motard…just think back to the prohibition of alcohol.

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    toby andrews

    Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    Somjit, and Sorachat, will in a weeks tome be running a lucrative card game in prison.
    I bet you.

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    James R

    Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    It seems like a good business.

    You run a gambling den for a while and pocket a few million baht.

    Every now and then you go to jail for three months with some time off for good behaviour and then another member of your gang has his turn being the front man for the gambling den.

    Why not legalise it, tax it, have gambling permits, monitor them, etc and then the illegal ones would disappear?

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    Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 11:23 pm

    No deterrant at all, too many influential thumbs in the massive pie that is Thailands underground gambling dens

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