Looking at Online Betting in Thailand
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In Thailand online gambling is illegal, but this doesn’t come close to stopping many living here from gambling online. Law enforcement is far more concerned with illegal gambling dens and local bookies than they are with residents using foreign betting sites licensed abroad. In the times they do show an interest (extremely rare) a 1,000 baht fine generally settles the matter with no record filed. While a small number of gambling websites accepting Thai residents are blocked and redirected to w3.mict.go.th these can still be easily accessed using proxies such as Tor browser, or you can simply choose another online gambling site that isn’t blocked.
Where to bet online depends largely on the sports you wish to bet and your own personal risk tolerance. I can’t stress enough that tens of thousands of Thai residents gamble online on a regular basis yet the actual number of arrests related to foreign betting sites is low to mid two digits per year (as in 10-60) and these incidents have been isolated to Krung Thep (AKA Bangkok). If you have very low tolerance for risk then you’ll want to stick to using European bookmakers and make your deposits and withdrawals using EntroPay (Thai Language not supported with Entropay).
Entropay from Thailand
There are multiple reasons to open an account at www.entropay.com. The first reason is because Thai debit cards such as the Be1st Visa Electron issued by Bangkok Bank don’t work at online gambling sites. However via Entropay you can open up an account in USD, EUR, or GBP (USD Suggested) and fund your Entropay Virtual Card with your Thai debit card (note you’ll need to register your card with Verified by Visa, or Mastercard Securecode for this to work). Once the account is funded you can then use that Entropay Virtual Card to deposit at the betting sites suggested on the list below.
Online Sportsbooks for Thailand
Dafabet.com – Dafabet is one of Asia’s most popular online betting sites. They support Thai Language and have Thai Baht currency options. They accept players from every area in Thailand and are a great site to use. Here you can make a deposit using various options though online bank transfers are generally the most popular.
138.com – 138.com are one of the leading players in the Asian market. The website encompasses Chinese symbols in it’s logo, and can be viewed in any number of Asian languages, including Thai. People can deposit and withdraw in Thai Baht, with bank transfer and ewallets the most popular channels to get money on and off the site.
188bet.com – 188bet offers by far the best odds in the industry on European football, volleyball and American sports. Their website supports Thai Language and THB currency making them a great option for Thai residents to use. You can use local bank transfer and ewallets to deposit and withdraw on 188bet.
The four sites listed above are the best for Thai residents who are looking to deposit and withdraw online using Entropay. Now in the intro to this section I mentioned Entropay has several benefits but only covered one which was here you can load this method easily with your Thai debit card. The other benefit is you can order a Plastic Prepaid MasterCard from Entropay which you can transfer funds to from your Entropay Virtual Card. This Plastic Card comes with a Pin Number and can be sent to your home address in Thailand. This allows you to access your withdrawal via an ATM machine, and also keep the fact you’re gambling online confidential. Your bank will only see you loaded Entropay (something that can be done for many purposes such as online shopping) and will never see the withdrawals because you’re making these at an ATM.
Using Asian Bookies From Thailand
Every Asian bookie I know of supports Thai Language and Thai Baht. While most are reputable, some are even more reputable than others. My suggestion is to look for Asian bookies licensed in the Isle of Man as opposed to the Philippines as these are very often much more financial secure and reputable. My top recommendation fitting this criteria are www.188bet.com.
With Asian Bookies it is possible to open a betting account in Thai Baht and fund the account with your home bank account. At 188bet the bank accounts supported for online banking transfers via their deposit method called Thai Direct include Ayudhya Bank, Krung Thai bank, Siam Commercial Bank, UOB Bank. Using their deposit method local bank transfer you can also fund you account via internet banking or at the ATM with Bangkok Bank and Kasikorn Bank. If you don’t have bank account with one of these banks you’ll most certainly want to open one for the purpose of using Asian bookies from Thailand. Once your account is open make sure you also enrol for internet banking.
When it comes to cashing out from Asian bookies this process is simple. Request the withdrawal to be processed to your home Thai bank account and in 1-3 working days the funds will be in your account. The best thing about using Asian bookies is there are no fees. Here you can deposit, wager and cash out in Thailand Baht (THB). The Asian bookies charge you nothing in fees to deposit via bank transfer and all withdrawals are processed to your home bank account free of charge.