Thai authorities see success in World Cup crackdown…industry less so

Elephants took to a football pitch in Thailand’s ancient capital of Ayutthaya this week in an effort to raise awareness among young people about illegal gambling. The Thai Chamber of Commerce estimates that $1.8 billion will be bet during the FIFA World Cup in Russia this year, almost half the amount bet in 2014 amidst a crackdown on illegal gambling. But industry experts are sceptical and say the real figures are much higher, especially amongst young people who have increasing access to mobile phones and the internet. Officials says the predicted lower spending comes against a backdrop of a police crackdown on gambling, especially since early May and in particular the decision to target online sites focused on the youth market.   Thailand’s Crime Suppression Division (CSD) recently announced the arrest of 722 people with links to football gambling. Since January 1 this year to end May, almost 3,200 people have been...

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