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Thailand could be legalising casinos in the near future. The House of Representatives recently voted in favour of setting up a 60-seat extraordinary committee to consider the opening of casinos, which are still illegal in Thailand. Opening the venues for gambling is expected to draw in more income from foreign tourists. 310 MPs voted in favour while 9 were against and 10 abstained. Earlier this year, PM Prayut Chan-o-cha said he would consider the legalisation of gambling. His statements came at a time where numerous Covid-19 clusters were linked to illegal gambling dens and elusive gamblers were said to be […]

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Bad idea. Just think of how many Chinese and Chinese mafia are going to swoop into here then. Better they just legalize prostitution on the books.

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15 minutes ago, Thaiger said:

The House of Representatives recently voted in favour of setting up a 60-seat extraordinary committee to consider the opening of casinos,

60 seat committee .! that's nearly twice the number of slots on a casino wheel .. but will they go with it or roulette it out .. 

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Well the only democratically premier elected by this country had legalised casinos in his plans. Sure it is a centre for illegal activities as it is all over the world. Thailand is the hub of corruption so why should it lose out in this business stream ? Most of the puritanical no hopers who poo poo these ideas are non Thai so if they don't like it they should crawl back to their own countries. Yes it encourages money laundering but just think of the 10s or 100s of thousands of jobs for normal Thais it will create in the service industries. The good far outway the bad in my book. Of course Americans won't like it because they perceive it to be another encroachment of economics  gain in another country but then what goes round comes round.

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Bad idea, I remember in Cambodia at the border a large board stating come back with clothes if you want to cross the border... so imagine if they legalize it .. poor people Thai, they not ready for this  at all they will fall into a hole of debt.. more crimes to get out of the hole of debt , but like stated government only cares to get profit again from foreign visitors... instead of caring their own people... sad but true once again

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Just now, AlexPTY said:

Sweet Jesus! Don't Thais have enough debt already? 

Just restrict entry to those wishing to gamble to those with non Thai id/passports. 

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5 minutes ago, gummy said:

Well the only democratically premier elected by this country had legalised casinos in his plans. Sure it is a centre for illegal activities as it is all over the world. Thailand is the hub of corruption so why should it lose out in this business stream ? Most of the puritanical no hopers who poo poo these ideas are non Thai so if they don't like it they should crawl back to their own countries. Yes it encourages money laundering but just think of the 10s or 100s of thousands of jobs for normal Thais it will create in the service industries. The good far outway the bad in my book. Of course Americans won't like it because they perceive it to be another encroachment of economics  gain in another country but then what goes round comes round.

Just a couple of comments. The non Thai opinion is worth zilch, either pro or against.  Also, why would Americans care one way or another. It has nothing to do with economic encroachment, because what happens here would have zero affect to the USA. Do Americans care what happens in Cambodian casinos? As far as creating jobs, Thailand needs to import labor now because of lack of workers. 

If casinos attracted more high end tourism, it's OK. However,  Thailand attracted many tourists pre covid. The Chinese that are the biggest forces already have Macau. 

It might convert underground casinos to legal places to raise taxes.

Casinos do have ways of attracting unwanted crime though, that must be dealt with.

In my book casinos would be low on my list for helping ordinary Thais.  Encouraging industrial development and more hi tech skill development would be my preferred approach.

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6 minutes ago, LoongFred said:

Just a couple of comments. The non Thai opinion is worth zilch, either pro or against.  Also, why would Americans care one way or another. It has nothing to do with economic encroachment, because what happens here would have zero affect to the USA. Do Americans care what happens in Cambodian casinos? As far as creating jobs, Thailand needs to import labor now because of lack of workers. 

If casinos attracted more high end tourism, it's OK. However,  Thailand attracted many tourists pre covid. The Chinese that are the biggest forces already have Macau. 

It might convert underground casinos to legal places to raise taxes.

Casinos do have ways of attracting unwanted crime though, that must be dealt with.

In my book casinos would be low on my list for helping ordinary Thais.  Encouraging industrial development and more hi tech skill development would be my preferred approach.

As I have said previously today  your opinion is of no interest to this countries regime as much  as you may think otherwise pal 😂

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3 minutes ago, NCC1701A said:

Yasothon 2030:

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Udon Thani 2026, direct rail link with China via Nong Khai which also fulfills the PMs statement of intent this week that UT will become the centre of the Mekongs region economic expansion.

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In fact I don't think it's on the cards.  Too much of a gamble.  It would be like playing Russian roulette ......... oh please, somebody stop me!!!!!!!!!

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Personal debt is already extremely high.

Chinese tourists to gamble....Xi is putting the screws on Macau because of underground money laundering and tax evasion, then there's the illegal dens sprining up in provinces bordering Macau.

I did wonder why all the attention during covid to gambling dens.....clear them out before the big boys?

 

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1 hour ago, gummy said:

As I have said previously today  your opinion is of no interest to this countries regime as much  as you may think otherwise pal 😂

And here I thought Prayut was hanging on my every word....damn.

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2 hours ago, gummy said:

As I have said previously today  your opinion is of no interest to this countries regime as much  as you may think otherwise pal 😂

Just as your opinions are useless. I just think it up to them and your $.02 is just that.

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