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April 24th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

There is a fascinating background to the Cambodia gambling dens that lie just over the national boundaries from nearby Thailand, where betting house wagering is illegal. 8 casinos are positioned in a relatively small area in the city of Poipet in Cambodia. This conclave of Cambodia bettings houses is inside a perfect area, a 3 to 4 drive from Bangkok and Macao, the two largest betting centres in Asia. Cambodia bettings houses do a successful business with Thai workers and guests from Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore, with only extremely couple of Westerners. The extraordinary earnings gained from the gambling dens ranges from $7.5 million to over twelve million, and there are couple of constraints or registration requirements for casino ownership. Ownership is assumed to be mostly Thai; on the other hand, investment sources are vague. The borders are officially open from 9:00 a.m. to five p.m., and even though visas are theoretically required to cross, you will find methods to circumspect this, as is true of most border crossings.

The very first Cambodia gambling dens opened in Phnom Penh in ninety-four, but were pushed to close in 98, leaving only one casino in the capital, the Naga Resort. The Naga, a stationary boat casino, attributes a hundred and fifty slots and 60 table games. The Naga betting house is open round the clock with 42 tables of mini-baccarat, four tables of pontoon, 10 of roulette, two of Caribbean Stud Poker, and 1 each of Pai gow and Tai-Sai.

The 1st betting house in Poipet, the Holiday Palace, opened in ‘99 and the Golden Crown soon followed. There are one hundred and fifty slots and five table games at the Golden Crown and one hundred and four slot machine games and sixty-eight table games at the Holiday Palace. The newer Holiday Palace Gambling den and Resort features 300 slot machines and seventy table games and the Princess Hotel and Gambling establishment, also in Poipet, has one hundred and sixty-six slot machine games and 96 gaming tables, including 87 baccarat (the most popular casino game), Fan Tan, and Pai-gow. Moreover, there will be the Gambling establishment Tropicana, with a hundred and thirty five slot machines 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 in a hotel, will be the Princess Gambling den with one hundred and sixty-six slot machines and ninety seven games. The Star Vegas Gambling den is part of an international resort and hotel complex that functions many amenities also to the casino, which has 10,000 square feet of one hundred thirty slots and eighty eight table games.

Across the Cambodian border at Asmech/Surin is one betting house, the Casino O Samet, with a hundred slot machines and 50 tables of baccarat. Furthermore, the Koh Kong Gambling establishment, in the province of Trat, is open everyday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., with one hundred slots and four table games. A smaller betting house, Le Macau Gambling den and Hotel, opened recently at Bavet on the Vietnamese border.

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