BANGKOK Thailand (Xinhua) --
Around 10,000 people in Thailand have been
arrested on charges of gambling on World Cup 2018.
Commissioner General Pol. Gen. Chalermkiat Srivorakhan disclosed
on Wednesday that police have arrested some 10,000 suspected
gamblers who allegedly bet on FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 soccer
games since the middle of last month. That number of suspected
gamblers was about twice as many as in 2014’s world soccer
He said the
increased number of the gambling suspects rounded up nationwide
was primarily due to the easy, constant access to the betting
games with the use of their cellphones.
Besides the arrests
of those suspected gamblers, an estimated 40 million baht (about
1.27 million U.S. dollars) in assets have been confiscated and
about 200 betting websites have been closed, the deputy police
The police crackdown
on the illegal betting on the World Cup games was primarily
designed to prevent crimes which, he said, might probably occur,
given a large sum of money at stake.
The World Cup
tournament, held every four years since 1930, has just entered
the quarterfinal round and is scheduled to end with the final
match by the middle of this month.