POLICE are gearing up to arrest the operators of 300 World Cup football tournament gambling websites that have sprung up recently, Thai News Agency reported today (June 11, 2018).
Pol Maj-Gen Panurat Lakboon, deputy head of Metropolitian Police Bureau and head of the center for prevention and suppression of online gambling, said measures have been put in place to prevent gambling during the key global tournament that kicks off on Thursday June 14.
Aside from targeting the 300 football gambling websites administered in Thailand, police are going to call 10 product promoters, or pretties, in for question next week.
He warned that hundreds of people currently encouraging others to bet on football both directly and indirectly via social media are going against Section 12 of the Gambling Act and face maximum 1 year in jail or 1,000 baht fine or both.
Already sentenced under this law is famous football forecaster and columnist Bor. Pu who was handed down 1 month suspended jail term and fined 1,000 baht for encouraging online gambling.
Entertainment centers found participating in gambling will be shut for 5 years according to National Council for Peace and Order announcement number 46 / 2559.
Pol Maj-Gen Panurat added that his team had liaised with educational institutions to join police in preventing football gambling among students and also inform parents that if their children are caught betting on football they too would be found wrong.
Top: FIFA World Cup trophy. Photo: Fifa.com
In-text: Police raiding an online gambling operation recently. Photo: Thai News Agency