The European football championship triggered a wave of illegal bookmakers. The problem is so serious that it worried even the country’s top leadership.

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha instructed the Kingdom’s law enforcement agencies and the Ministry of Digital Economy to ensure special control over the country’s gambling industry during Euro 2020, including the activities of bookmakers on the Internet. The country’s police conduct rounds up with arrests, which are fraught with fines and imprisonment. One of the largest mass actions in the history of arresting violators took place in Thailand during the 2014 Mundial: bets on the outcome of the world championship ended in the arrest of more than a thousand citizens, however, most of them were bookmakers that accepted the bets. Numerous legislative acts of the state describe the illegality of gambling in the country. But even in this situation citizens have the opportunity to gamble and place bets in neighboring countries such as Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia and Laos. Fans of such pastime can also place bets online, and then personally visit the offices of the establishments to receive the winnings.

The official representative of the Thai government, Traisuli Traisoranakul, expressed her good wishes to all football fans who can enjoy the game and get positive emotions in a difficult epidemiological situation and constant stress due to COVID-19. But at the same time she warned against illegal actions.

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