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Thailand's two-week suspension of the national lottery has seen black-market bookies

catering to Thai punters in Poipet casinos, a Thai news agency reported. Thai underground

lottery bookies are opening facilities for Thai punters in legal casinos across the

border. Thai immigration police at Aranyaprathet in Sa Kaew said around 4,500 Thais

entered Cambodia at Poipet on November 25 - a number substantially greater than the

daily average. The influx was partly a result of many gambling dens in Bangkok being

closed in a series of police raids. There are now nine casinos and several small

gambling dens operating in Poi Pet. They accept bets from Thai gamblers and use runners

and computers to cope with the business, police said.

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