Concern over Thais gambling on FIFA World Cup

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With the football world cup fast approaching, the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) is voicing concern of an expected rise in local gambling.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is set to take place from 14 June to 15 July in Russia. In her report on the Social Situation and Outlook for this year’s first quarter, Chutinarth Wongsuban the state planning agency’s deputy secretary general said the rising number of Thai gamblers was worrying.

She noted that some 4.6 million people gambled on games in the 2014 soccer world cup, of whom 2 million were new gamblers. And 500,000 of them indicated they would gamble on other football matches.

Easier placing of bets online and the social environment have been highlighted as two major factors behind the rise in gambler numbers.

Concerned parties are aiming to reduce gambling during the knockout stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and have laid out a plan with a particular focus on preventing children and youths from engaging in gambling.

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