On October 3rd, 2023, the Department of Provincial Administration (DOPA) dispatched a special operations team to raid a gambling den in the middle of the Din Daeng market community in Bangkok.
The Ministry of the Interior received a complaint from Din Daeng locals that there had been a gambling den organized by an unidentified influential figure for more than 3 years. Many locals in the crowded community area were allegedly addicted to gambling, with schools and government offices nearby.
The 24/7 facility reportedly used a snooker club as a facade and had additional rooms with layers of electric door mechanisms. Each entrance would have guards stationed with strict security. The interior was like a maze for those who were not regular customers.
Furthermore, the facility could fit more than 200 gamblers and had many games for entertainment. Sources reported that the estimated daily turnover could be up to 200,000 baht. There was also an online website and remote gambling for VIP users.
On an initial report, 54 gamblers and hosts in total were captured and escorted to the Din Deang Police Station for allegedly conspiring together to engage in unlawful gambling activities. One of the employees possessed an illicit substance and attempted to swallow evidence. However, the officers were able to stop him in time, although they did not identify him by name.