Thailand cracks down on sportsbetting

In Thailand, the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) is reportedly gathering evidence in order to track and shut online gambling and sportsbetting websites based in the Asian nation.

According to a piece in the Bangkok Times, Permanent Justice Secretary Jarun Pakdithanakul stated that his Ministry had received new information on websites connected to betting on soccer matches and that the DSI would be working with the nation’s Anti-Money Laundering Office in order to arrest any wrongdoers before seizing their assets.

Gambling on soccer has become increasingly popular with teenagers in Thailand with the Secretary stating that players were required to spend around USD 95 opening an online account before they were allowed to gamble.

Pakdithanakul said data from the DSI shows that there are more than 10,000 subscribers in Thailand with many of these based in Chiang Mai, Songkhla and Bangkok.