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83 Indian tourists were detained by Chonburi police early on Monday for allegedly playing card games for cash

Just after midnight on Monday, a raid on the Asia Hotel in Chonburi’s Bang Lamung neighborhood resulted in the arrest of eight people—four Thai males, two Thai women, and four Myanmar women—who were allegedly card dealers.

After the arrests, Pol Maj-General Kampol Leelapraphaporn, the head of the Chonburi authorities Department, informed reporters that authorities had been tipped off that a large number of Indian visitors had booked into the hotel on Saturday and were planning to leave on Monday.

Additionally, the convention center’s conversion into a temporary casino was reported to the police.When the cops showed up, they discovered the 83 Indian citizens—71 of them men—playing Black Jack and Baccarat. The suspects attempted to flee but were apprehended, according to Kampol.

Four Baccarat and three Black Jack tables, 25 decks of cards, 160,000 Indian rupees in cash, 92 cell phones, three laptop computers, three card dispensers, and chips to be later swapped for cash were all discovered by authorities inside the hall.

According to Kampol, the authorities think that the improvised casino saw the circulation of roughly one billion rupees.Sitranan Kaewlor, a 32-year-old Thai woman, was one of the women and was recognized. She reportedly admitted to planning gambling excursions for Indian visitors.

She claimed that they were each charged 50,000 baht, which included hotel rooms, meals, and transportation between the airport and the hotel. She claimed to have given the hotel the go-ahead to bar employees from the convention hall.

She added that the cards, card dealers, and gambling equipment were all imported from India. During their stay at the hotel, the tourists reportedly played cards from 1pm to morning.

At the Pattaya Police Station, all 93 are being charged.

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