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Land of Smiles Frowns on Illegal Cup Gambling

25 May 2006

THAILAND -- As reported by the Electric Paper: "Thailand is going all out to stamp out illegal World Cup betting.

"Bangkok police put the city's bookies on notice yesterday, announcing they have set up some 100 special units to crack down on football gambling during the World Cup finals.

"...'These special units will boost the existing police work to effectively crack down on football gambling by focusing on bookies,' the city's police chief Viroj Chantharangsi said.

"He also warned that police would be punished if they failed to arrest gamblers.

"During the three-week Euro 2004 championships, a polling agency estimated $814 million ($1.3b) were laid down in Thailand, despite the arrest of hundreds of bookies on the tournament's first day

"...Thailand will also ban 'live' broadcasts of World Cup games in prisons in a bid to prevent football gambling among inmates..."

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