BANGKOK, 7 July 2014 – The Football Gambling Prevention & Suppression Center operating under the Royal Thai Police revealed that more than 4,000 people who were involved in gambling activities during the FIFA World Cup 2014 have been arrested. Out of that number, 300 were bookmakers.
Police General Ake Angsananont, a Deputy National Police chief, revealed that the bookmakers have been blacklisted in a bid to monitor their behavior and prevent repeated offenses. Punters would be placed on the police watch-list as well.
Around 1,200 football gambling websites that have engaged its clients to predict the results of the World Cup matches have been shutdown. Police are set to close off at least 200 to 300 more websites to prevent the spread of football gambling activities.
Regarding entertainment venues at night that are opened for its patrons to view the soccer matches, Gen. Ake said that police would take strict action against the venues that operate beyond its closing hours.