Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has concerns over easier access of users to online gambling websites, which is a major social problem.
He has ordered strict control and suppression of betting, and particularly any gambling-related activities on the Internet that target children and youths.
In addition, the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, in cooperate with the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission (NBTC) and the Royal Thai Police, has sought cooperation from all ISP providers and mobile phone operators to expedite blocking of access to 1,202 online gambling sites, following related court orders which rule that those sites have violated the Computer Act and the Gambling Act.
Nearly all forms of gambling are illegal in Thailand. The legislation doesn’t specifically mention internet play, but online gambling falls under the general category of gambling. The two exceptions to the country’s ban on gambling are the national lottery and betting on horses at a few racetracks. Other than that, the entire country is a no-gambling zone.
Even so, gambling is big business in Thailand. Survey after survey finds that nearly 60% of Thais engage in some form of gambling, sports betting, or poker. A survey in 2014 concluded that nearly ฿43 billion was wagered on the World Cup alone in Thailand. This translates to $1.3 billion in total wagers for that one event.