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British-led Card Room raided by officials in South Pattaya


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I understand gambling is illegal. Sometimes gambling involves cards but this is clearly pathetic.

I gamble everytime I get on my motorbike. This is absurd and completely shows Thai ignorance. Senior farang bashing?

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...with everything going on in this country....

...worse than outrageous....

...take our money and treat us like @#$%^&*(....

...what is the charge for playing chess .......or checkers.....or even..... thinking...for that matter....

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And in other news: Famous Thai magician Pordaniel Tommikoopaporn was arrested by 30 police officers who raided his show in Bangkok after more than three packs of oversized playing cards were found in his trunk along with six unregistered white doves and a large saw.

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It's ok to trivialise it, but what starts off as 1 or 2 hands a night can soon reach 6 or 7, or in some cases even more. I hope they get locked away for a very long time.

I absolutely concur; pretty soon there'll be whist drives all over the country, then where will things be?

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This actually made the national TV news, even had the police video. A bunch of confused old folks playing Bridge.

Unclear what crime was committed, anyone know?

The offense relates to Section 8 of the Playing Cards Act of 1935 which states that an individual is not allowed to possess more than 120 playing cards at any one time. At the Bridge event, considerably more than 120 playing cards were found by officers.

I don't see the problem here except for the number of officers involved in the arrest. These people are criminals who broke the law. They knew they were committing a crime but obviously thought as affluent foreigners they were above the law or were too culturally insensitive to care. If you live in a country you should follow its laws and customs regardless of whether you agree with them or not. If you do not want to do that face the consequences or go somewhere else. I bet many of these would be the first to whine about foreigners in their on country flaunting the laws and refusing to conform to cultural norms.

I certainly hope this is sarcasm. If not you are unbelievable. Have you ever played bridge? Possibly not as intelligence is required. Please explain how anyone (being tourist or expat) is supposed to know an 80 year old law still on the books. No other country would there be a problem having a few hands of bridge with friends. You need to get a life. " Or go somewhere else" bah.gif

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Another example of the quality of professionalism of the Thai police. 50 officers, where were the other 2 officers left from the station. 50 police for a raid but can't patrol the bar scene at night. Too busy playing cards after dark with seniors. Are Domino's illegal? No gambling but let's sell Lottery tickets?

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