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Thai Government Does About Turn on Online Gambling


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While UK online gambling fans can legally enjoy playing at a
smorgasbord of licensed and regulated online gambling websites, spare a thought
for online gambling fans who live in countries with less than liberal online
gambling policies – countries such as the United States and even Thailand.

While online gambling is pretty much banned outright in the United States, at
least Thailand seemed to be making positive strides regarding online gambling
with the introduction of an electronic online lottery. However, the
government dropped a bombshell this week by announcing its intention to cancel
the lottery.

Yesterday (Sunday, January 3) Prime Minister of Thailand, Abhisit Vejjajiva,
announced that he would set up a panel to study other options so that the
government can annul the electronic lottery vending project. The panel will be
headed up by chairman of the Thai Trade Representative, Kiart Sithiamorn.

Sithiamorn’s duties and responsibilities as head of the panel will include
studying the legal aspects of canceling the electronic online lottery, as well
as liaising with representatives of the electronic online lottery vendor, Loxley
GTech Technology. The panel is expected to deliver it conclusion within 30 days.

Said CEO of Loxley GTech Technology, Treejak Tansupasiri, ‘It is not yet final
or certain the online lottery project will be abolished or not. We will only
wait and see. But whatever will be, will be. Society [of Thailand] will
ultimately make the decision on whether it needs an electronic online lottery or
not.

‘As the vendor who has invested much time and energy into this project, at this
point we cannot confirm nor deny that we will lodge a lawsuit against the Thai
government if it decides to abolish the electronic online lottery project.
However, our legal division is studying legal options on the issue,’ he said.

The reason for the government’s ‘about turn’ with regards to the electronic
online lottery is that Prime Minister Abhisit reportedly expressed a personal
concern that the electronic online lottery project would have had ‘negative
social impacts and he would want to avoid carrying out the project if he could.’

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