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The Casino Committee of Thailand reported it will discuss legal casino and entertainment complexes at a city council meeting tomorrow in a bid to gain approval from the Cabinet. The Thai government has been discussing the potential establishment of a legal casino and entertainment complex since the last year. To evaluate the casino industry, a special committee has been established by the government. Additionally, several surveys have been conducted to gauge the level of support for a legal gambling establishment within the Thai community. Pheu Thai Party MP and Casino Committee of Thailand spokesperson Jakkapon Tangsuttitham revealed, in a survey […]

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If Laos and Cambodia are any guide, the approval of this project would be to the detriment of the people of Thailand.

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So another form of legal gambling but playing cards with friends for money is illegal 

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2 hours ago, Khunmark said:

If Laos and Cambodia are any guide, the approval of this project would be to the detriment of the people of Thailand.

I believe casinos are always to the detriment of the people in any country, at least the games that are played solely against the house. But if it helps relaxing rules against people gambling between them it could be a good thing.

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A whole world of financial pain, family suffering and criminal activity awaits the opening of casinos across the country.  Corruption will escalate, suicide and murder will increase if this genie gets out of the bottle there will be no putting it back in.

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The is a speeding step forward to add in more woman to the sex industry to support family as more men would be gambling their hard earn money which is ment for the family to bring food to the table. 

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2 hours ago, KaptainRob said:

A whole world of financial pain, family suffering and criminal activity awaits the opening of casinos across the country.  Corruption will escalate, suicide and murder will increase if this genie gets out of the bottle there will be no putting it back in.

You have a point however if you for example put the word "gambling" in the search bar of TheThaiger, you will see that what you describe (pain, suffering and certainly criminal activity) is already there in a huge scale through the illegal way (not a week without an article about illegal gambling activities, almost as much as drug related articles). Not sure a few casinos will change anything, especially if they introduce mesures like this one...

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Before entering, Thai citizens will also have to show proof of their finances over the past six months

Also, it seems they also want to legalise online gambling, which is definitely a good thing. I am myself in this industry. 20 years ago, it was the far west all over the world, a huge amount of gambling sites were about money laundering for various mafias, and one after one, countries have adapted their legislation and for absolutely all of them, it was a good thing. Now I know a good amount of Thais who gamble online (as I am sure you do too) and when I have a look at these sites, I can spot dodginess in seconds, I would certainly not work myself with any of them. Even in Thailand, online gambling being somehow controlled with licences,  mesures against addictions, etc... would be a better thing than the current illegal offering, plenty of dodgy sites for Thai people as it happens... yes, even in Thailand it would be if not a good thing, at least a better thing.

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5 minutes ago, Manu said:

you will see that what you describe (pain, suffering and certainly criminal activity) is already there in a huge scale through the illegal way (not a week without an article about illegal gambling activities, almost as much as drug related articles). Not sure a few casinos will change anything, especially if they introduce mesures like this one...

I'm well aware of the current problems associate with gambling and legal casinos will only exacerbate the situation.  If farangs can obtain bogus bank book records it will be even easier for Thai's to bypass the proposed checks and balances.  Addicted gamblers will be mainly middle and upper class folk whittling away at family savings and assets only in larger sums than most ordinary citizens.

I've seen 3 local ladies attend regular card nights in our mooban and they each lost all savings, plus a car by one girl, and a nice building block by another.  All 3 marriages have failed and left children separated from at least one parent.  There was also drugs and alcohol consumed each night.  These low level gamblers are not the type to attend a casino.

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