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Thai gambling site for low-budget punters

An online casino has caught on with Thai teens on shoestring budgets.

Published on July 22, 2007

The website - www.holiday-palace.com - sounds like the name of a popular casino in the Cambodian border town of Poipet, across from Sa Kaew's Aranyaprathet district.

A member of the site from Chiang Mai said yesterday that the virtual casino offered three kinds of games - baccarat, roulette and sikbo. It is aimed at low rollers, as the minimum requirement for registration is Bt1,000. Bets begin at Bt10.

Winnings are transferred to the customer's account anytime when requested, he said.

"We can also see live broadcasts of those who we are playing with via webcams," he added.

Yannaphol Yangyuen, head of the Data Centre and Inspection Division of the Department of Special Investigation, said the agency was tracking down the Thai agent of the site, as well as preparing to censor it.

"We have already blocked several such websites. But we have to admit that more advanced technology today makes it difficult to deal with such websites, with their main servers abroad. The best we can do is block them," he said.

Ekaphong Praditphong

 The Nation

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