6,500 arrested on illegal gambling charges 2 weeks into the World Cup

Approximately 6,500 people across Thailand have been arrested on gambling charges two weeks after a crackdown was launched to coincide with the football World Cup.

The nationwide crackdown included the arrest of 15 people involved in an online gambling service in San Kamphaeng called UEFA 168 that had 5,000 customers and a turnover of a whopping 100 million baht, making it possibly the largest gambling arrest in northern Thailand history.

Nationwide, police have said to have seized 28 million baht in cash as well as having arrested 250 bookmakers who were running gambling rings.

Deputy Police Chief General Chalermkiat Sriworakarn is reported to have said that authorities are considering whether to turn a center established to coordinate the World Cup crackdown into a permanent one. Khaosod notes that around 2.5 million Thais are involved in football-related gambling with 600,000 out of the estimated 2.5 million gamblers believed to be young Thais aged 15 to 25.