Online gambling in Thailand

Like governments of most South East Asian countries, the Thai government does its best to keep gambling a largely State controlled concern. Thai residents may participate in the government owned lottery which is drawn on the 5th and 30th of each month, or wager on Royal Turf Club races in Bangkok…again a government controlled affair. Casinos are banned in Thailand and players wishing to play at terrestrial casinos must travel to neighboring Laos or Cambodia who have cheekily set up casinos near the Thai border to satisfy Thai resident’s thirst for card and dice games. They can of course also make the trek to other parts of Asia permitting casinos, like Macau and Singapore.

While laws related specifically to online gambling do not exist, it is clear that Thai authorities take a dim view of the industry. In May 2009 the Information and Communications Technology Ministry, under instructions from a Thai court, order ISP’s in Thailand to block resident access to 72 identified gaming and gambling websites. While commentators have argued the directive’s questionable basis in current Thai law, it signals authorities’ clear reservations about online casinos and sports books playing any part in the Thai gambling landscape.

Despite the official position toward online casinos, curiously a number of casinos with live deal play also provide Thai Baht banking options and services tailored to Thai players.

Best live deal casino for Thai players

A number of great live dealer casinos welcome players from Thailand presently, including the following.

Live casinos for Thai players
Casinos
Players from your location accepted
Player access
Deposits accepted and/or can maintain account in local currency
Banking
Toll free numbers from your country
Toll free support
local language site/support capabilities
Local language
games regionally focused
Games

Bet365

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No restrictions on Thai player sign-ups No deposit restrictions.
Can maintain account in Thai Baht (THB)
No No Asian based dealer studio including blackjack, baccarat, roulette and baccarat variations.

Bodog

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No restrictions on sign-ups for players from Thailand No deposit restrictions.
in Thai Baht (THB)
Yes Yes Asian based dealer studio with games including baccarat variations, sicbo and Asian roulette.