Military leaders in Thailand have warned its citizens that it is still cracking down on World Cup betting, announcing that 1,677 people have been arrested already this year.
To date, the government has also shut down 675 online betting sites, and noted that the World Cup does bring an increase in illicit betting activity.
“Thais are quite addicted to gambling and the World Cup is a period when gambling spikes," Deputy Police Spokesman Anchua Romyanan said. “People are still trying to access gambling websites so we’re locating those websites and shutting them down.”
It is expected that Thai punters will gamble $1.4 billion on the World Cup this year, raking up a huge amount of illlegal money.