The police in Bangkok have busted an online gambling operation which they claim would have been grossing about 900 million baht in monthly turnover.
In the raid on a condominium in Bangkok, the police arrested four South Korean men allegedly involved in the online gambling operations.
The raid was carried out by a team of tourist police who had already got a search warrant issued by the Bangkok South Criminal Court for raiding the property.
The police searched a condominium unit on Sukhumvit Soi 77 in the Phra Khanong Nua area of Watthana district on Friday, said Pol Lt Gen Damrongsak Kittiprapas, the assistant national police chief.
The police also seized records of six bank accounts at Seoul-based Shinhan Bank, nine mobile phones, three laptop computers, and five monitors, Thai media reported.
Pol Lt Gen Damrongsak said the raid followed after a tip off that a group of South Koreans had been illegally running a gambling website called Star Casino, with over 10,000 members.
While online gambling is banned in Thailand, illegal gambling is rampant.
Earlier this year in June, Bangkok’s immigration police arrested nine Chinese nationals for their alleged involvement in facilitating illegal online gambling. The accused were found to be making illegal transactions for online gamblers in China and were arrested from two apartments in Bangkok’s Phraram 9.
Reports have also emerged that the Gambling ban in Thailand is not working as intended; in fact, it is being counterproductive as the number of people participating in gambling activities is on the rise, claims a study.
According to the findings of a survey conducted by the Research Centre for Social and Business Development, the number of people who are involved with some form of gambling has risen by 1.5 million in the past two years.
The survey which saw a participation of 44,050 residents across 77 provinces aged 15+ found that there were 30.4m Thais (57% of the population) who participated in some form of gambling this year.