Thai PM plans to build first casinos

Samak Sundaravej, Thailand’s new Prime Minister, has declared that he will build the countries first casinos in an attempt to gain some substantial tourist revenue.

Five casinos are due to be built in the tourist destinations of Phuket, Pattaya, Khon Kaen, Hat Yai and Chiang Mai.

Despite gambling in Thailand being currently illegal, that does not stop the pockets of underground gambling rings that exist throughout the country. Furthermore, if Thai’s want to gamble legally, they head to the bordering Cambodia and Myanmar.

"Thais who want to gamble can gamble, and police can do other jobs instead of cracking down on illegal gambling dens," said Samak, who was voted into power last December.

However, Thai citizens will have to pay an entrance fee of 100,000 baht ($3,175) to enter the casinos, which will go to charity. It is not clear whether that fee is a one-off membership or if Thai citizens will have to pay that every time they go to a casino.

Editor, - 2008-03-04 11:21:24

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