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CGS Survey Results Show Increase in Number of Thai Gamblers

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A survey by the Centre for Gambling Studies (CGS) has found that more than 700,000 first-time punters gambled this year, with the youngest being only seven years old.

CGS director Nualnoi Trirat said the centre has been studying the gambling habits of Thais across the country since 2017.

The study found that 30.42 million Thais, equivalent to 57% of the country’s population, engaged in some sort of gambling. This was an increase of 1.4 million gamblers since the study began in 2017. Of the 30.42 million gamblers surveyed this year, 733,000 were 15-18 years old or about 20% of people in this age range; 3.05 million were aged 19-25 years (46%) and 3.3 million gamblers were 60 or older (42%).

“Our study found that more than 700,000 people who gambled this year were first-time gamblers and the youngest of them was only seven years old,” Nualnoi Trirat said.

“In terms of money generated by gambling activities, football betting came out top with about 160 billion baht circulating each year, followed by the underground lottery with 153 billion baht, and government lottery with 150 billion baht,” Nualnoi said.

According to Ms. Nualnoi, news coverage of government lottery winners is pushing more and more Thais to try their luck.

“The Government Lottery Office prints more than 100 million lottery tickets for each draw, which far outstrips the country’s total population of about 68 million people,” she said.

“We believe access to gambling must be tightened and we urge the government to come up with policies which do not promote such activities in society,” Supreeda Adulyanont, manager of the Thai Health Promotion Foundation said.

Supreeda said Thailand should follow other countries’ examples and set up a panel tasked with preventing occasional gamblers from becoming gambling addicts.

“[The government] should also offer services to wean addicts off their gambling habit and provide assistance to the gamblers’ families,” Supreeda added.

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Deltin Group Launches Deltin Casino in Nepal

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Deltin Group has launched Deltin Casino at The Marriot Hotel in Kathmandu, Nepal. This is the group’s first casino outside of India. The new venture is a result of the company’s agreement with Everest Hospitality and Hotel Pvt. Ltd.

“We believe that compliance and ethics is an integral aspect to our business and so we are happy to join hands with Everest Hospitality and Hotel Pvt Ltd owners of the Marriott Hotel, as both our companies share common values professionalism and excellence in service; our shared values and parallel vision reassures that our business is in safe hands here in Nepal,” Anil Malani, President and CEO of Deltin Group, said.

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Macau Casinos to Resume Operations from February 20

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The casinos in Macau are going to resume their operations from February 20 after the authorities imposed a two-week suspension to keep the coronavirus in check. The halt in gaming operations started on February 5.

Macau has not reported any new cases of the virus since February 4. There have been 10 confirmed cases of the virus in total.

Macau government has told casino operators, which include Sands China, Wynn Macau, SJM Holdings, MGM China, Galaxy Entertainment and Melco Resorts, they have 30 days to go back to full business.

While casinos have been given permission to operate, business is likely to be limited, say executives, due to Macau’s strict controls on visitor entry and curtailed transport links, including the suspension of ferry services from neighbouring special administrative region Hong Kong.

Nearly 30 hotels, mostly joined to casinos, have been shuttered for the last two weeks due to the suspension. It was not immediately clear how quickly those operations, as well as other non-gaming amenities, would resume.

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V9BET Announces Diego Forlán As Its First Ever Brand Ambassador

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Today, one of the leading international online gaming company in Asia, V9BET, announced former Manchester United striker Diego Forlán as its first ever brand ambassador.

As V9BET’s first brand ambassador, Forlán will assist in promoting the brand across the Asia region through a series of branded content that comprises of him sharing his thoughts on the V9BET’s products and invaluable insights ahead of UEFA Euro 2020. Furthermore, Forlán will join V9BET members at the Euro 2020 Final in July this year.

“V9BET represents a young and lively brand in the market, and it is the leader on sports gaming. It is my pleasure and honour to be the ambassador of V9BET, to represent their brand, image and spirit”, said Forlán, the two-time winner of both the Pichichi Trophy and European Golden Shoe.

In the 2010 Fifa World Cup, he was awarded the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player. Arguably one of the best strikers of all time, Diego Forlán is currently the manager of Club Atlético Peñarol. The Uruguayan professional football manager is also a former player of numerous top football clubs in Europe in his early football career – Manchester United, Villareal, Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan.

A spokesperson for V9BET added: “We are proud to announce Diego Forlán as our 2020 Official Brand Ambassador for V9BET. We hope this partnership brings more trust and assurance to our valued members”.

Mediapro Asia’s Managing Director, Lars Heidenreich, commented that, “We are always pleased to present great opportunities to both parties, bringing greater focus for the brand and delivering memorable moments to Diego Forlán’s fans around the world”.

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