Casino reform push gathers steam

The push to legalize casinos in Thailand appears to be gathering momentum, though experts say any reforms are unlikely to have much of an impact on the thriving illegal market, which is estimated at more than $5 billion a year. Academics in the country, who focus on gaming, say there is increasing confidence that the issue of casinos will be raised again after the next general election, expected in late 2018. It would be the  most significant step in gaming industry reforms since Thailand became a constitutional monarchy in 1932. Visanu Vongsinsirikul, a lecturer in economics at Dhurakij Pundit University, says after the election the government will have a mandate from the people that will help it push through reforms. “I’m quite sure that Thailand will have a legal casino, they will have it in the near future.” Rattaphong Sonsuphap, an associate professor at the College of Social Innovation at Rangsit University,...

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