The Metropolitan Police yesterday set up a center to crackdown on football betting ahead of the World Cup 2010 (June 11 to July 11) and eyed on punishing punters with both one-year jail term and Bt1,000 (S$43) fine.
The Metropolitan Police yesterday set up a centre to crackdown on football betting ahead of World Cup 2010 (June 11 to July 11), aiming to deter punters, who face both a one-year jail term and Bt1,000 fine.
Metropolitan Bureau 1-9 will set up special teams to control their jurisdictions, Metropolitan Police spokesman Pol Maj-General Piya Uthayo said yesterday. The public can also alert police by calling (02) 280 2281, he said.
Piya said police had seen three forms of betting over the past two years.
First involves direct gambling among sports enthusiasts, mostly at restaurants.
Second, bets made directly with local bookies or via phone calls.
Officials must find these bookies' locations to make arrests.
Third, bets placed with transnational bookies on the Internet, which is difficult to control because they work in a corporate manner.
As for lucky draws, Piya urged organisers to ask for permission from the Department of Provincial Administration or district offices - or they could face penalties.
-The Nation/Asia News Network
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