The Wiwat X-ray Clinic-Lab’s Dr. Wat Lun reported that the man, who had two tightly embedded magnets in his left hand’s middle and ring fingers, came to him for their removal because he was concerned that they might trigger airport security during his flight.
Dr. Lun’s social media post-operation photos of the man’s fingers, along with a picture of the two dark magnets, which were about the size of fingernails and placed on a piece of gauze, have become viral in Thailand.
The man admitted that he had implanted the magnets in his fingers 40 years ago to cheat at the dice game called hi-lo in Thailand and sic-bo or dai siu in other parts of Asia.
He claimed that he used the magnetic fingertips to manipulate the dice, which he had secretly loaded with a small metal piece.
Sic-bo is a Chinese game that involves rolling three dice. Players place bets on specific areas of the table that represent various outcomes of the dice roll, such as the range of the total number (e.g., 1-11 or 11-18) or whether the result will be odd or even.
Sic-bo is a popular game in the casinos of Macau and the Philippines and is also available in numerous US casinos.
While Thailand does not have legal casinos, illegal gambling is widespread. If caught playing dice in an illegal casino, offenders could face up to three years in prison and a fine of 5,000 baht (approximately $150 USD).
Pros and Cons
The concept of using magnets to cheat in gambling is not novel. It is thought that in the past, when slot machines were mechanical and constructed of metal, cheaters employed powerful magnets to control the reels. However, the effectiveness of this method is questionable, and there is little concrete evidence to support it, leading some to believe it is merely a urban legend.
The game of craps originated in 19th century America’s gambling halls and riverboat casinos, based on the European dice game hazard. Many of these establishments were known to be corrupt, but there is evidence indicating that they preferred to use weighted dice instead of magnets to rig their games.
Karnataka’s Strategic Crackdown on Online Gambling
Karnataka’s proactive stance against online gambling marks a pivotal moment in India’s approach to regulating digital betting. By advocating for comprehensive legislation and national collaboration, Karnataka aims to create a safer and more responsible online gambling environment. As the state embarks on this journey, its efforts may pave the way for a cohesive national strategy, blending economic considerations with the welfare of citizens in the digital age.
Karnataka’s Stance on Online Gambling
In the wake of growing concerns over the harmful effects of online gambling, Karnataka’s government, led by Home Minister G Parameshwara, has announced its intention to explore comprehensive measures against the digital betting menace. This proactive approach underscores a broader commitment to safeguard citizens from the financial and social distress caused by unchecked online gambling activities.
The Challenge of Regulating Digital Betting
The proliferation of betting and online gambling apps, particularly those centered around cricket, has become a significant issue for families across Karnataka. The state’s government acknowledges the complexity of imposing a ban on online gaming, given that many operations are based outside the state’s jurisdiction, necessitating a coordinated effort at the national level.
Seeking a Comprehensive Policy from the Central Government
The call for a comprehensive policy from India’s central government highlights the need for a unified strategy to combat online gambling. Minister Parameshwara’s stance reflects an understanding that piecemeal, state-level actions are insufficient to address the challenges posed by the digital nature of these activities, which transcend geographical boundaries.
The Economic Paradox of Online Gambling
IT-BT Minister Priyank Kharge sheds light on the paradoxical nature of the online gambling sector, revealing its significant economic footprint. With an estimated worth of Rs 1.6 lakh crore, the sector’s contribution to tax revenue, including TDS and GST, is projected to be substantial in the coming years. This economic consideration adds a layer of complexity to the debate on regulating online gambling.
Navigating the Path Forward
As Karnataka explores legislative avenues and seeks collaboration with the central government, the state sets a precedent for others in India grappling with similar issues. The challenge lies in balancing the economic benefits derived from the online gambling sector with the imperative to protect citizens from its detrimental effects.
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