Gambling Laws in Thailand
Gambling in Thailand is illegal with the exception of the land-based lotto games organized by the Thai lottery as well as betting on horse racing. Within the Thai gambling legislation, the Gambling Act of B.E. 2478 of 1935 is the main regulation, while the only laws legalizing some sort of gambling games in Thailand are the Government Lottery Office Act B.E. 2517 from 11 September 1974, and the Regulation of the Ministry of Interior on Betting on Horse Racing, B.E. 2525 of 1981 in. As online gambling is not regulated, it is assumed that it falls on the prohibition coming from the Gambling Act.
The regulatory body of the land-based lotto games in the country is the Government Lottery Office. According to Thai gambling laws, minors under 18 years of age are prohibited to participate in gambling activities.
Is Online Gambling Legal in Thailand?
No, all forms of online gambling are illegal in Thailand, according to the Gambling Act of B.E. 2478 of 1935. The only exception is the lottery.
Online Casinos in Thailand
As of September 2019, there are no online casino sites in Thailand. Gambling houses in the country are, in general, prohibited, which is why there are no specialized Thai online casino licenses either. In this way, gamblers usually access offshore platforms without fearing prosecution from the authorities.
Online Poker in Thailand
Poker in Thailand is also not legal. And although there are no specific Thai poker laws, the general prohibition on poker and other card games played for money in the country holds for the online version of this game as well. But foreign online poker sites in Thailand, based elsewhere, are easily accessible.
Online Lottery in Thailand
The lottery is present in the country since the 19th Century. In 1974, the Thai National Lottery (สลากกินแบ่ง, salak kin baeng) was established as the state-licensed provider for all sorts of lotto games in the country. However, there are currently no online lotto sites in Thailand, which is why players usually access international platforms that offer high jackpot prizes.
Online Bingo in Thailand
Bingo is not very popular in Thailand. And although there is still an active underground gambling scene, it is very hard to find illegal bingo halls as well. In this way, the best option players have to play the game is through offshore online bingo sites in Thailand. On these, they are offered a vast selection of bingo games, along with several opportunities.
Online Sports Betting in Thailand
Due to the almost general prohibition of gambling games in the country, sports betting is also prohibited in any form, online as well as land-based, with the only exception being the betting games on horse races. In this way, bettors usually access international online sportsbook sites in Thailand that are not blocked by the authorities.
Online DFS in Thailand
Online DFS sites in Thailand are not legally regulated. And considering the prohibition of almost all forms of sports betting, it is very probable that Daily Fantasy Sports would not become legal in the near future.