Happy Chinese New Year: Army shuts down illegal casino operation in Haiya

Royal Thai Army soldiers led a raid on a professional casino-style operation in Haiya today, Feb. 05.

The “casinos” were being operated in two locations in Haiya – the Rinkaew Night Club on Wua Lai Road and the Kom Market on Suriyawongse Road.

79 players were found on the two premises celebrating Chinese New Year along with four professional baccarat tables, electronic scoring machines, books, casino gift vouchers and more.

Proving this wasn’t a typical case of two old aunties on a balcony gambling 50 satang a bet with dice, police also seized 575,967.50 baht in cash.

Books found on the premises indicated that 20 million had been circulated “through accounts” at the two casinos since October last year.

The owner of the two locations, Mr. Ekachai Kaewkam, originally from Phatthalung Province was also arrested.