On November 29th, 2023, Thai investigation officers launched a search operation at a large illegal gambling den in a hotel in the Ngamwongwan area, Nonthaburi, according to the criminal court warrant.
According to a report by the Thai investigation police, on the ninth floor of the hotel, the gambling den was reportedly well-known among regular players both Thai and foreigners. There were 6 baccarat tables, 6 slot machines, casino chips of more than 10 million baht, 3.5 million baht in cash, and other related gambling objects found.
Each table had a monitor and a casino staff member providing gambling services to customers, the majority of customers were Chinese businessmen, said the police.
Furthermore, the gambling den had been in operation for a long time before being raided by the police squad, claimed police, although it was not immediately clear how this was possible due to Thailand’s strict laws against gambling.
Initially, investigation officers took hold of 26 Chinese nationals and 23 Thai employees of the gambling den before being escorted to the Rattanathibet police station for further investigation to hold involved individuals and the owners accountable for their crimes.
The name of the hotel and those arrested in the raid were withheld by Thai police for pending legal action.