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Thai Bookies Move to Burma

5 June 2006

THAILAND – As reported by the Bangkok Post: "Thai bookmakers taking bets on World Cup matches have migrated across the border to neighbouring Burma to avoid arrested for illegal gambling, news reports say.

"The bookmakers have set up shop in five casinos in Burma's border town of Tachilek, a gambling haven that caters to Thai clients, Chamnong Kaewsiri, police chief of Thailand's northernmost Chiang Rai province told the state-run Thai News Agency.

"Most forms of gambling are illegal in Thailand, including bets on football matches, a national pastime.."

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