Two Cambodian dealers were also apprehended in the raid on the private home on Pratamnak Road around 1 a.m. July 28. Taken into custody were homeowner and alleged game-runner Matthew Gregory Mortensen, 34, of the United States; fellow Americans Brian Thomas Presson, 45; and Mark Needleman, 67; Briton Craig Daniel Jones, 25; Frank Jean P. De Busscher, 73, of Belgium; Martin Baumgartner Pichelsberger, 40, of Austria; and Monica Lee Zbrodoff Lee, 47, of Canada. Cambodians Theara Meas, 24, and “Mala” were also apprehended.
Police raided an illegal poker game in a private house on Pratamnak Road in South Pattaya.
Police confiscated 107,000 baht, $1,771 and 380 euros; along with 30 decks of cards, poker chips, notebook computer, and account records. The game, police said, apparently had been operating regularly for some time.