18 Apr 10

There’s a fascinating background to the Cambodia gambling dens that lie just over the border from neighboring Thailand, where gambling den betting is illegal. Eight gambling establishments are positioned in a relatively small area in the city of Poipet in Cambodia. This conclave of Cambodia casinos is in the prime spot, a 3 to 4 drive from Bangkok and Macao, the two largest gambling centres in Asia. Cambodia casinos do a booming business with Thai workers and visitors from Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore, with only incredibly few Westerners. The extraordinary earnings gained from the bettings houses ranges from 7 dollars.5 million to over twelve point five million, and there are couple of constraints or registration requirements for gambling den ownership. Ownership is assumed to be largely Thai; nonetheless, investment sources are vague. The borders are formally open from 9:00 a.m. to five p.m., and despite the fact that visas are purportedly required to cross, there are ways around this, as is true of most border crossings.

The first Cambodia bettings houses opened in Phnom Penh in 1994, but were forced to close in ninety-eight, leaving only one gambling establishment in the capital, the Naga Resort. The Naga, a fixed boat betting house, functions 150 slot machine games and sixty table games. The Naga gambling establishment is open twenty four hours with forty-two tables of mini-baccarat, four tables of twenty-one, 10 of roulette, 2 of Caribbean Stud Poker, and 1 each of Pai gow and Tai-Sai.

The initial gambling establishment in Poipet, the Holiday Palace, opened in 1999 and the Golden Crown soon followed. You’ll find a hundred and fifty slot machines and 5 table games at the Golden Crown and a hundred and four slot machine games and 68 table games at the Holiday Palace. The newer Holiday Palace Gambling establishment and Resort attributes 300 slot machines and 70 table games and the Princess Hotel and Betting house, also in Poipet, has one hundred and sixty-six slots and ninety-six gaming tables, including eighty seven punto banco (the most well-known casino game), Fan Tan, and Pai gow. Additionally, there may be the Betting house Tropicana, with a hundred and thirty five slot machine games and sixty-six of the familiar table games, as well as one table of Betting house Stud Poker. Another one of the eight bettings houses in Poipet, also inside a hotel, may be the Princess Casino with one hundred and sixty-six slot machines and ninety-seven games. The Star Vegas Gambling establishment is part of an international resort and hotel complex that features a number of amenities also to the gambling establishment, which has 10,000 square feet of one hundred thirty slot machines and eighty eight table games.

Across the Cambodian border at Asmech/Surin is one gambling establishment, the Casino O Samet, with 100 slot machines and fifty tables of baccarat chemin de fer. Moreover, the Koh Kong Gambling establishment, in the province of Trat, is open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., with a hundred slots and four table games. A smaller gambling establishment, Le Macau Casino and Hotel, opened not too long ago at Bavet on the Vietnamese border.

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