Thai Authorities Arrest Policemen for Ignoring Illegal Casinos

Thai Authorities Arrest Policemen for Ignoring Illegal Casinos

Thailand faces a double challenge – not only contending with imposters posing as cops to fuel their gambling habits, but also grappling with genuine police officers who turn a blind eye to illicit casinos operating right under their noses. In a bid to restore integrity to the police force, the nation is intensifying its crackdown on officers who shirk their responsibilities. In a recent move, five senior cops have been reassigned due to their failure to take action against an unlawful casino. This lack of oversight allowed several illicit gambling establishments to evade punishment, prompting authorities to take action.

Unveiling a Den of Deceit

A complaint lodged with the authorities shed light on the 89 CLUB, nestled in central Thailand’s Muang district. The Kanchanaburi province’s police chief, Thawatchai Pongwiwattanachai, announced a significant decision to address this issue. He issued orders on Thursday to reassign the five officers to non-executive roles as a response.

Exposing Illicit Operations and Taking Action

Responding to the complaint, law enforcement stormed the 89 CLUB premises, revealing a brazen array of sophisticated and hazardous gambling activities occurring almost in plain sight. With a capacity of up to 300 patrons, the casino had only one exit, raising safety concerns.

Among the diverse gambling options offered at 89 CLUB were Dragon Tiger card games, Hi-Lo, and baccarat. Although official figures are unavailable, it is estimated that around 100 individuals frequented the casino daily. The establishment took stringent precautions, employing an extensive surveillance system consisting of about a dozen strategically positioned CCTV cameras. Moreover, patrons were required to surrender their phones upon entry for added security.

The raid led to the apprehension of 104 individuals, including both croupiers and customers. Seizures included a substantial amount of cash, gambling paraphernalia, and vehicles.

All those apprehended, along with the seized evidence, were transported to a local police station. The detainees now face an array of charges, ranging from participation in illegal gambling to involvement in its operations. Another location mentioned in the complaint was the Phattarawan Snooker Club, situated in the same Muang district. However, it remains unclear whether a raid was conducted at this establishment.

The Struggle Against a Tainted Image

Pongwiwattanachai expressed his deep concern over the damage inflicted on the city’s reputation by these underground operations and complicit officers. To send a clear message, the police chief opted for reassignment rather than publicly accusing the five high-ranking officials of direct involvement in the gambling ring. This strategic reshuffling serves as a proactive measure to fortify the police force against corrupt practices, ensuring that officers steer clear of any dubious ventures. Alongside this internal cleanup, efforts are underway to potentially enhance the image of the police force by expanding regulated gambling options. While discussions surrounding legalized casinos have been ongoing for two years, progress remains gradual and incremental.

About the author

Jennifer Lynn
Head of Content
Jennifer Lynn has spent 14 years working in the online casino industry, making her a real expert in the field. She's not just skilled at writing about casinos; she also has a deep interest in online gambling games and is a passionate researcher and player. Jennifer offers her expertise on a range of casino games and the smart strategies to use. But her life isn't all about gambling and casinos. She also loves riding horses and practicing yoga, showing that she knows how to balance her professional interests with personal passions.

Related News

Chinese Ministry of State Security Accused of Hacking Online Betting Sites

Chinese Ministry of State Security Accused of Hacking Online Betting Sites

China’s Ministry of State Security Linked to Global Cyberattacks A recent study has unveiled a widespread pattern of cyberattacks across 17 countries, targeting online gambling platforms and political entities. These cyber intrusions,…
Aug 10, 2023 Scandals
Fire Causes $50K Damage at Paris Las Vegas: Crime Update

Fire Causes $50K Damage at Paris Las Vegas: Crime Update

Efficient Response to Bathroom Wall Fire The Clark County Fire Department swiftly managed a bathroom wall fire incident at Paris Las Vegas on Monday morning, generating areas of smoke around the Las…
Aug 09, 2023 Scandals
Passion for Soccer Results in Arrest of Camorra Mafia Mobster in Italy

Passion for Soccer Results in Arrest of Camorra Mafia Mobster in Italy

The stunning victory of Italian Serie A soccer club Napoli proved to be an unexpected aid in capturing one of Italy's most sought-after criminals. Vincenzo La Porta, a prominent figure in the…
Aug 07, 2023 Scandals
Three Iowa Student-Athletes Face Criminal Charges in Gambling Sting

Three Iowa Student-Athletes Face Criminal Charges in Gambling Sting

Three Iowa Student-Athletes Face Criminal Charges in Gambling Sting Three student-athletes from the University of Iowa, including former Hawkeyes basketball player Ahron Ulis, baseball player Gehrig Christensen, and football team backup kicker…
Aug 04, 2023 Scandals
Cardi B Faces Police Complaint for Mic Throw at Vegas Concert

Cardi B Faces Police Complaint for Mic Throw at Vegas Concert

Cardi B faced a projectile on stage as a drink was doused at her from the audience during her performance at Drai’s BeachClub on the Las Vegas Strip on Saturday. Concertgoer Files…
Aug 03, 2023 Scandals
Cambodia Arrests 1,200+ in H1 2023 Illegal Gambling Crackdown

Cambodia Arrests 1,200+ in H1 2023 Illegal Gambling Crackdown

Cambodia has continued its rigorous crackdown on illegal gambling throughout the first half of this year, resulting in the arrest of over 1,000 individuals involved in various illicit activities. According to National…
Jul 27, 2023 Scandals
Heatwave in Las Vegas Causes Delta Passengers to Faint Before takeoff

Heatwave in Las Vegas Causes Delta Passengers to Faint Before Takeoff

Passengers Overcome by Extreme Heat While Waiting for Takeoff at Las Vegas Airport Multiple airline passengers awaiting takeoff fell ill in stifling triple-digit heat while taxiing behind more than a dozen other…
Jul 19, 2023 Scandals
In-Flight Altercation Forces

In-Flight Altercation Forces Emergency Landing of Las Vegas-Bound Aircraft

Mid-Air Altercation Leads to Unplanned Landing in Denver A Philadelphia to Las Vegas Frontier Airlines flight was unexpectedly diverted to Denver on Tuesday night following a physical altercation between two female passengers.…
Jul 14, 2023 Scandals
Caesars Palace Kidnapper Exposed as Colorado Fugitive

Caesars Palace Kidnapper Exposed as Colorado Fugitive

The Caesars Palace Standoff: A Transient Fugitive's Terrifying Reign The man who held his on-again/off-again girlfriend hostage at Caesars Palace for six harrowing hours on Tuesday, July 11, has been revealed as…
Jul 13, 2023 Scandals
Con Man Relieves Vegas Casino of $1 Million

Con Man Relieves Vegas Casino of $1 Million

Vegas is no stranger to casino players and winners, but it’s no stranger to criminals as well. Big casino brands have been robbed countless times and they’re still at risk of being…
Jun 28, 2023 Scandals
Ivan Toney Discusses Betting Addiction

Ivan Toney Discusses Betting Addiction

Anyone that likes betting on sports will brush up with addiction. Some will overcome it while others will take time to do so. Football players are forbidden from placing bets on matches,…
Jun 14, 2023 Scandals
Bloody Casino Heist Attempt in Hollywood

Bloody Casino Heist Attempt in Hollywood

Late in May, there was a failed heist attempt at a club in North Hollywood. Two armed men had entered the club and they were spotted by a security guard. Before the…
Jun 08, 2023 Scandals