Friday, October 22, 2010

The Gambler

Most forms of gambling are illegal in Thailand. But you'd never know it. Many Thais regularly gamble. Here boxing, soccer, snooker, cock-fighting and horse racing almost always involves betting. There's even an underground lottery and I have a several Thai friends that have a "bookie". Many Thai people also patronize casinos in Cambodia, Burma, or Laos just across the border. The cabbie driving this taxi with stickers of playing cards and dice on his window told me he often goes to illegal casinos. He offered to take me to one, but I decided that I didn't want to get into a potentially dangerous situation. Considering the type of characters that own these joints, I'd rather not gamble with my own life.