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Parliament agrees to set up "Casino Commission" - idea to get gambling money from foreign tourists gains momentum


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12 hours ago, Parsve said:

Few Westerners will be interested in making a long flight and an expensive and problematic visa application to loose their money as they easily can do that at home. Think again and think right.

Although the problematic Visa application is a Covid measure and one day we hope it will be gone. Prior to that Thailand was very easy to enter, and was more attractive than many neighbouring countries. 

Are Westerners really the target market for gambling in Thailand?

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12 hours ago, Burma Bill said:

With respect, just like the sex industry (prostitution) and foreign tourists!!

Well with that industry  you get something for your money...... 

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27 minutes ago, jacko45k said:

Although the problematic Visa application is a Covid measure and one day we hope it will be gone. Prior to that Thailand was very easy to enter, and was more attractive than many neighbouring countries. 

Are Westerners really the target market for gambling in Thailand?

Of course not. 

Appears to be another convoluted and desperate measure by the not so bright Thai authorities to recoup anything they can in these troubled and struggling times. 

 

Next week, it'll be something else. 

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22 hours ago, webfact said:

But a huge number of Thais bet both legally and illegally with underground lotteries, online sites and hundreds of "speak easy" style casinos nationwide often operating with the connivance of police and politicians. 

They forgot Cock Fighting and Boxing. :coffee1:

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12 hours ago, Bluespunk said:

No fragility here, however certainly wondering at your failure to back up your words again.
 

No doubt by tomorrow you’ll have figured out an excuse, after all that is what you do…

Don´t need an excuse, as I do not owe you any information that you might feel entitled to.

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4 hours ago, Funkymover said:

well if they want to sell their souls and country to the chinese,, then they are going to have to open up casinos,, as chinese love them.... and its all about keeping the chinese happy and getting them to take over thailand .. 

If by Chinese, you meant the Malaysian Chinese owned Genting Holding who will be delighted if granted license to operate a casino. China is cracking down on Macao and scaring the casinos owners. You probably confused with Sihanoukville which is part owned by a wanted criminal fugitive in China. China is not interested in casino and has zero experience running a casino. Thai government will give give license for integrated resort to incumbent operators. 

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they will not stop corruption because they want a slice, what a shame, and with the general probably going to China to live when retired, a safety idea, many members are guessing the Chinese will end up some how connected to the casino looking deeper China is in big trouble so the China leader will want to look at what Thai government does

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1 hour ago, Gottfrid said:

Don´t need an excuse, as I do not owe you any information that you might feel entitled to.

So you can’t back up your words.
 

Thought not. 

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I think this may be aimed at the Chinese! 

They don't really go out much of a night, they are generally not night time spenders, but they do love to gamble?

Also the government is losing a lot of money to its neighbours who purposely open casinos close to it boarders with Thailand as such attracting 100 of Thai's over the weekend! 

So why not let them lose their money in Thailand?

Only problem I see is, Thai (mentality) plus casino = Somchai sooner or later  swinging from a bridge, with a " I can't go on coz I've spent all the family's money" note stuck in his pocket.

Of course RTP will be dipping an appendage into the pot.

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On 12/3/2021 at 1:30 AM, GrahamJ said:

Actually Macau isn't that quiet. Excluding 2020 & 2021 because of covid Macau received 39.4 million tourists in 2019 which is only 400k less then what Thailand received in the same year. Plus it has a population of 680,000.

Also when you take into account the size of Macau in land area (32.9 km squared) its far from being quiet.

If the figures are available I'm curious how the much the land area of Macau has been increased artificially in the past 20 or so years.  While I have no doubts that Macau makes efforts to lure in people from all over the region ("Hello, my Japanese friend!  You like gambling?  You like lady?  All kinds lady here!") it is pretty obvious the Mainland Chinese are the bread and butter.  I haven't been there lately, used to visit around once or twice a year, and every time a new high-rise casino/hotel complex has suddenly appeared.  Not long after Ho lost his monopoly and big investors started showing up Wynn (of Las Vegas notoriety) opened a huge resort -- word on the street (for what it's worth) at the time was Wynn recouped the investment in nine months. 

 

This announcement being made at this time very likely has something to do with this:

China-Laos Railway to boost China-ASEAN economic links

Expect there to be an announcement of a high-speed rail link from Vientiane to Pattaya, if it hasn't already been done. 

Another place for a casino site would be Sadao.  Already lads come up from Malaysia and Singapore for the sport, but I think gambling would bring in the adults.

 

 

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On 12/2/2021 at 6:09 PM, jacko45k said:

get gambling money from foreign tourists.......

It all sounds just tacky and greedy......

The stereotype is that Chinese love to gamble. 

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On 12/4/2021 at 5:26 AM, Funkymover said:

well if they want to sell their souls and country to the chinese,, then they are going to have to open up casinos,, as chinese love them.... and its all about keeping the chinese happy and getting them to take over thailand .. 

Yes, it's all about the Chinese. It's also shortsighted - the CCP continues to gain power and influence. They don't like their subjects gambling, and it'll be a matter of time before they tell Thailand to enforce rules that Chinese Passport Holders cannot gamble in casinos in Thailand. Thailand won't be able to do anything about it.

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On 12/2/2021 at 11:33 PM, Eric Loh said:

Sihanoukville would have gone to the Japanese as in the orginal plan. 

Yeah, I used to love Sihanoukville, cheap, cheap, and a lot of fun, small beach bars. Ladies on the beach selling skewers of fresh squid, and shrimp for a buck apiece. All gone now. I'm 76 now, and at least I was able to enjoy the tail end of the way things used to be in Asia.

 

Getting back to gambling though even though lottery losers money supposedly goes to good causes in Thailand the fact is that it  is still gambling, and although winning does happen, in the long term the Thai person will always be a looser. The same as the avarage Casino player so no difference really, but the Thai government is reluctant to call lottery (gambling) because gambling is illegal in Thailand, unless of course it is being run by the benevolent fathership of the government of Thailand.

 

 

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8 hours ago, JomtienEats said:

Yes, it's all about the Chinese. It's also shortsighted - the CCP continues to gain power and influence. They don't like their subjects gambling, and it'll be a matter of time before they tell Thailand to enforce rules that Chinese Passport Holders cannot gamble in casinos in Thailand. Thailand won't be able to do anything about it.

They seem to have no issue with them gambling in Cambodia?

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