"Associate Professor Sangsit Piriyarangsan, an expert in underworld business, Bangkok alone has an estimated 170 such gambling dens, 10 of them large, which generate annual revenue between Bt180 billion and Bt200 billion. He found that between 5 and 20 per cent of that revenue, or Bt2 billion to Bt8 billion, was paid as bribes to corrupt police officers."
Every year, there are big police "busts" that make the news, but it seems like nothing actually happens. The places stay closed for a few days or a few weeks and resume operations, seemingly unchanged.
What is it like inside one of these "protected" big casinos in Bangkok? How is it different from legal casinos abroad?
What is it like to go to one of Bangkok's underground casinos?