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Gambling in Thailand: New Wave of Popularity

Thailand is a real Mecca for adventure seekers and exotic entertainment. Here tourists will find the splendor of sandy beaches, intoxicating tropical heat, intense nightlife, and surprisingly low prices. The only drawback: gambling in Thailand is strictly prohibited.

If the gambling industry in Tae were legalized, American gambling would suffer colossal losses, losing the leading position to Las Vegas at a bargain price. The local government apparatus regularly attempts to revise the legal restrictions on the gambling business, but the situation remains deplorable.

Local authorities are very persistent in their fight against any form of gambling. This applies to both the terrestrial segment and the virtual market: organizing and participating in entertainment for money is punishable by huge fines and even criminal prosecution.

Nevertheless, the gambling business is widely represented by “shadow” locations. Here you will not find bright signs and tempting advertisements; visiting a gambling establishment is a risky proposition for the elite. If the player decides to ignore the prohibitions and wants to spend a decent amount, you can try your luck and go in search of underground entertainment.

A gambling hall in Thailand can be recognized by the following “signs”:

  • closed room on the territory of the night club;
  • no advertising;
  • expensive entrance to the club (checking the solvency of the future client);
  • a prerequisite for the prospective participant in the purchase of alcoholic beverages;
  • entrance only with a passport (gambling is allowed only for adult visitors).

Gambling in Thailand: the reasons for the ban

The main reason for the persecution of gambling entrepreneurs is the nature of the nation. Any Thai is a pathologically gambling person who is able not only to instantly drain his own funds but also to “borrow” money from a neighbor.

The fragile physique of local residents also played a role: they get drunk almost instantly, and “adrenaline gatherings” with alcoholic drinks bring discord into society and increase the level of crime.

The only concession made by the authorities was open access to state lotteries and horse racing bets.

Thai gambling: useful statistics

The Thailand Center for the Study of Gambling in conjunction with the Center for Social and Business Development of the country presented a new study.

Experts’ observations:

  • During last years, 57% of the local population (about 30.4 million citizens) took part in gambling operations.
  • The age of local gambling enthusiasts is from 15 years.
  • The state lottery is the most popular and demanded format of the game.
  • Legal gambling in Thailand provides services to over 22.7 million residents.
  • Card games are preferred by about 4.4 million users.
  • Sports betting accounts for the largest spending at $ 5.3 billion.
  • Virtual gambling in Asia is not very popular: only 1.6% of respondents prefer online platforms.
  • Signs of gambling addiction in 2019 can be diagnosed in 210 thousand local residents.
  • More than 1.1 million Thais are in debt for gambling.

Online gambling in Thailand

The situation in the virtual market is even more deplorable: Internet business in the country is also banned. Moreover, the organization of gambling services is not available for both local entrepreneurs and foreign suppliers.

Any major services are automatically blocked. The use of proxy servers is considered illegal.

But it is allowed to play online casinos registered out of Thailand. The Gclub (Thai: จีคลับ) casino is one of the most popular gambling platforms in Thailand. These casinos are registered and regulated in Cambodia.

Gclub online casinos offer a wide variety of the most popular card games, slots, roulette. Fast deposits, and withdrawal, weekly promotions, and bonuses. Can be played on both mobile phones And computers.

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