Thai football frenzy sparks betting spike among youth

The UEFA Euro 2016 soccer championship is fueling a spike in gambling among Thai youth, despite police crackdowns, with an increasing portion of bets being placed online, according to new research.  A joint survey conducted by Chulalongkorn University’s Centre for Gaming Studies together with the Research Centre for Social and Business Development found that more than 16 percent of Thai youth in major provinces were planning to bet on the championships, which kicked off in France on June 10th and will run through to July 10th.  The research centre’s director, Thana Hapipat, said the trend towards an increase in football betting was buoyed by greater use of social media and smartphones to lodge bets. “Young people now can play by way of many, many channels,” Thana told AGB.    Thana said the ease of access to social media and the internet was driving the trend. “ is a great influence on young...

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