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Western retirees at Thai resort busted for playing bridge

Add aging Western bridge players to the list of desperadoes in Thailand's seaside resort of Pattaya, a sin city rife with prostitution, corruption and foreign and home-grown gangsters.

The bridge players, mostly British but also from Scandinavia, the Netherlands and elsewhere, were busted by a task force of soldiers, police and local officials as they played cards at eight tables in an apartment above a restaurant, police Col. Sukathat Pumpanmuang, superintendent of the Pattaya Police Station, said Thursday. He said the law enforcement agents were acting on a tip that illegal gambling was taking place there.

Those arrested Wednesday afternoon — including an 84-year-old...