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Gambling arrests just "window dressing" ahead of the no confidence debate, says Chuwit


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Daily News Thai Caption: Just "window dressing"

 

Firebrand former politician and soapy massage boss Chuwit Kamolwisit poured scorn on the government and Thai officials yesterday in a Facebook post.

 

He referred to a story carried on ASEAN NOW in which 52 gamblers at a casino in the basement of a building in Rachada Soi 18 were arrested for playing baccarat. Thirty eight foreigners and 14 Thais were busted playing baccarat but no one was surprised that those behind the operation were not arrested.

 

Chuwit said that Soi 18 was part of his old stamping ground and called the whole thing "throwing coriander on the path" - window dressing in English, meaning just for show. 

 

This was purely for show so that if the government is questioned about their record at the upcoming no confidence debate - for example about action on gambling - they could point to this and say "look we are doing our job".

 

He compared it all to a show on Thai TV that translates as "You Asked For It".

 

He mocked the whole notion suggesting that the Chinese backer of the den would have had no clue as to why he had to shut down for a while - "what's a no confidence debate?" the Chinese would have said. 

 

Be under no illusions, continued Chuwit on his personal FB page, as soon as the debate is over the casino will be opened again, reported Daily News

 

Our story yesterday translated from the Thai press, contained absolutely no suggestion that even a manager had been arrested in the raid - just hapless gamblers who carried the can like drug mules in narcotics cases, notes ASEAN NOW. 

 

The Thai press can never get enough of Chuwit who had a long career in the darker side of Thai business before becoming a politician, being jailed then emerging as a TV presenter and much followed social and government critic. 

 

Many feel that with his experience he should know what he is talking about. 

 

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This debate has been raging for years ---when I was living in Pattaya in the 90s-- they even made an announcement where the first Thai Casino would be Ambassador City Jomtien There was a rush to buy units there --so they could rent them out. This was before the terrible inconvenient -Go tap a computer Key every 90 days came in-- the 90 days then was , Get out the country.

Aranya Prathet border crossing to Cambo was chokka full of buses on Thai day trips to the Casino's & 90 day Farangs --I dont know how many Casinos they fitted in that little town. I know the 3 major ones Diamond City/Crown Casino....... then lots of small out of the way spots.----the money leaving Thailand every day must have been tremendous.

 

Earlier in the 90s I was in Phnom Penh when they oped their first Casino---an old boat on the river--- there was still fighting in the country side and you were all told not to leave the city area...... Still the Thai's came for the Casino....... Greeks & Asian's all made gamblers aren't they .

 

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I remember that Sanuk711

Those days, i took the casino bus, as it was called so by Thai gamblers, for 150 baht/1way

It left at 3am in Ayuttaya, picked you up along the road after you called for reservation.

And arrived at Aranyaprathet around 8am, before the visa runners arrived.

Stamped out, went to the casinos for 8hrs, and the bus left for bkk around 5pm.

All very VIP for a local price. Even the dodgy visa assistance fees were included  🙂

good times good times

 

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On 6/28/2022 at 8:51 AM, webfact said:

Thirty eight foreigners and 14 Thais were busted playing baccarat but no one was surprised that those behind the operation were not arrested.

Mr. Big is never touched.

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On 6/28/2022 at 10:49 AM, sanuk711 said:

This debate has been raging for years ---when I was living in Pattaya in the 90s-- they even made an announcement where the first Thai Casino would be Ambassador City Jomtien There was a rush to buy units there --so they could rent them out. This was before the terrible inconvenient -Go tap a computer Key every 90 days came in-- the 90 days then was , Get out the country.

Aranya Prathet border crossing to Cambo was chokka full of buses on Thai day trips to the Casino's & 90 day Farangs --I dont know how many Casinos they fitted in that little town. I know the 3 major ones Diamond City/Crown Casino....... then lots of small out of the way spots.----the money leaving Thailand every day must have been tremendous.

 

Earlier in the 90s I was in Phnom Penh when they oped their first Casino---an old boat on the river--- there was still fighting in the country side and you were all told not to leave the city area...... Still the Thai's came for the Casino....... Greeks & Asian's all made gamblers aren't they .

 

image.png.25d04ae0f81beeeedeef2168467faf47.png

 

 

I remember seeing that boat casino in PP. Looong time ago.

 

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