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PM Prayut Chan-o-cha considers legalising gambling




PHOTO: Thailand Business News

In the midst of a nationwide crackdown on gambling, an effort driven to contain Covid-19 by stopping the illegal gatherings after an outbreak at a Rayong gambling den, PM Prayut Chan-o-cha says now he will consider the legalisation of gambling. He says he’ll start by staging discussions about the pros and cons.

In the recent wave of Covid-19, major clusters of the virus infections have been reported at illegal gambling dens. Elusive gamblers have been problematic for health officials who have been trying to track down those who may have come in contact with the virus. Some health officials have also been concerned with compulsive gamblers who are known to frequent many different venues.

PM Prayut says it is time to begin discussing the possibility of legalising gambling in Thailand, according to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration. The prime minister says the key question is whether legalised gambling will be considered acceptable by most Thais, adding that some may say it is immoral.

SOURCE: Phuket News


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    Monday, January 18, 2021 at 6:21 pm

    Gambling oh that thing that didn’t exist 2 weeks ago and to consider the pros and cons ie how many back handers they will lose 555

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    Monday, January 18, 2021 at 6:29 pm

    The most crazy idea. Road to trepidation.

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      Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 3:24 am

      wake up my friend … think Chinese tourist … think, think … no gambling no Chinese tourist … see Cambodja, see Barbados, see Kowloon … see, see, think … welcome to Thaina or Chiland if you prefer

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    Monday, January 18, 2021 at 7:01 pm

    ‘The prime minister says the key question is whether legalised gambling will be considered acceptable by most Thais, adding that some may say it is immoral.’ There will always be someone who will say that any activity is immoral, whether it be gambling, eating certain foods, or literally any activity known to man (or woman). The pros would include tax revenues, no more corruption in back handers to officials, lawful employment for staff, better control etc. I do not gamble but I know that many in Thailand love to play cards etc, so it needs to be controlled, and the best way of controlling it is to legalise and monitor.

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    Monday, January 18, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    Opening up CASINOS during an Economic Crisis !!!! Really….

    Brain Surgery for Beginners !!!!

    What little money is entering the lower levels of the community will be spent needlessly on pursuits that are guaranteed to hit the Thai Family hard. Adding more misery to the long suffering Thai Lower Paid Workers…

    Who is advising the PM?

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    Monday, January 18, 2021 at 8:26 pm

    1. Most definitely help the economy
    2. Against Thai/Buddhism norms
    3. Mega-challenge for the government to control
    4. A corruption petri dish
    5. Look at Cambodia
    6. China, China, China…

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      Monday, January 18, 2021 at 8:50 pm

      Biden’s term will end an administration awash in corruption. That is the result of Las vegas.

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    Star 364

    Monday, January 18, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    May as well try to control it. I doubt it will accomplish anything. I’m sure rich people will continue to flourish whilst the minions continue to gamble away.

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    Mr cynic

    Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Gambling has gone on forever and no reason it will stop,may as well legitimise it,prohibition never works.
    Is life not a game of chance?

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    Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 12:16 am

    I think, my personal opinion, gambling is an awful road to ruin to 99% of those involved. Obviously the 1% ,the owners of gambling institutions, get very rich indeed.
    Like heroin…

    Humans love self destruction.

    Do you stop that with a big stick or do you let people go down that road ?

    I cannot give you an answer!!!!!

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    Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 12:35 pm

    Legalisation is often the best way, IF done correctly. State can control the activity and get money out of that, to invest in further project. Go for it!

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      Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 3:00 pm

      don’t dream ! Should this sort of government make money not a penny will be invested !
      Their pockets are never deep enough !

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    Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 2:57 pm

    Guaranteed success with closed borders !?????
    Another bright idea of this feckless military sort of government.

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    Johnny Dee

    Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 5:31 pm

    Gambling is a very TABOO subject!! Iv been working in the gambling business for many years and have said for a long time now that gambling should be legal in Thailand. The business model and money making for the whole country could be HUGE!! A few casinos spotted around and bookmakers tote or shops could be amazing business for the country!! If only they knew. I for one would be happy to advise them on the structure looking forward. Obviously you are going to get some guys against it all but as I say before gambling is a TABOO subject!! Going to a bar watching football having a bet it would be good business all round obviously.

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    Jesus Monroe

    Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 7:29 pm

    In my country gambling is legal and has shown family after family after family has been destroyed………..

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    Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 10:37 pm

    You can say that about many things Jesus. Alcohol ruin lives drugs ruin lives women ruins lives etc etc. Families are ruined by many things around the world but how many families are going to gain from legalisation infinite families. I agree with Johnny Dee legalising would make thailand much more stronger for the economy especially foreign money coming into the country

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    Barry Betts

    Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    There are many things in the world that ruin some families and there are businesss that makes many families it’s all about life choice. There is always going to be some uneducated people who are against some things and are for other things. Alcohol is banned in some countries aswell as gambling and prostitution but they still go on!! Jesus you need to get a life

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      Jesus Monroe

      Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 5:08 am

      Thanks Barry for your advice…….is your life available?

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    Barry Betts

    Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 4:10 pm

    You’re very welcome Jesus yes I’m always available at the right price

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