The raid of a Bridge Club in South Pattaya on Wednesday has become a global news story with many questioning the legalities of the raid and the definition of gambling and how it could possibly relate to the card game, Bridge.
On Thursday we spoke with Khunying Chodchoy, the President of the Contract Bridge League of Thailand, who travelled to Pattaya to assist those arrested during the raid. She was upset at the raid but understood the confusion over the game of Bridge and how it could be construed as gambling by those who do not know how to play it.
She confirmed the game is new to Thais and is already part of the ASEAN games and is likely to feature in the Olympic Games in the future, she said. Regarding the law, Khunying Chodchoy stated that an amendment to the Gambling Laws in 1960 allowed for such games, where money was not changing hands, to be played without any form of license or authorization from the Police or Government.
Bridge allows players to accumulate points rather than win money and Khunying Chodchoy vowed to fight any possible Court case in the future, on behalf of those arrested on Thursday, although one of the arrestees who does not wish to be named told Pattaya One that he was given verbal confirmation from the Police that the case will likely be dropped and the 5,000 Baht bail money each of the players paid will be returned.