12 May 10

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There is an appealing background to the Cambodia casinos that lie just across the border from bordering Thailand, where casino gambling is illegal. Eight casinos are located in the fairly small area in the city of Poipet in Cambodia. This conclave of Cambodia gambling dens is in the perfect area, a 3 to 4 drive from Bangkok and Macao, the 2 biggest wagering centers in Asia. Cambodia gambling establishments do a booming business with Thai workers and visitors from Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore, with only very couple of Westerners. The phenomenal earnings gained from the gambling dens ranges from $7.5 million to over twelve and a half million, and there are few limitations or registration requirements for gambling establishment ownership. Ownership is presumed 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 necessary to cross, you’ll find techniques to circumspect this, as is true of many border crossings.

The first Cambodia casinos opened in Phnom Penh in ‘94, but were forced to close in 1998, leaving only one casino in the capital, the Naga Resort. The Naga, a stationary boat gambling den, characteristics one hundred and fifty slots and 60 table games. The Naga betting house is open twenty four hours with forty two tables of mini-baccarat, four tables of black-jack, 10 of roulette, 2 of Caribbean Stud Poker, and 1 each of Pai-gow-poker and Tai-Sai.

The 1st casino in Poipet, the Holiday Palace, opened in 1999 and the Golden Crown soon followed. You’ll find a hundred and fifty slot machines and five table games at the Golden Crown and a hundred and four slots and 68 table games at the Holiday Palace. The newer Holiday Palace Gambling establishment and Resort features 300 slot machines and 70 table games and the Princess Hotel and Betting house, also in Poipet, has one hundred and sixty-six slot machine games and 96 gaming tables, including 87 baccarat chemin de fer (the most well-liked casino game), Fan Tan, and Pai-gow. Furthermore, there will be the Casino Tropicana, with one hundred and thirty five slot machines and sixty-six of the familiar table games, as well as one table of Casino Stud Poker. Another one of the eight gambling dens in Poipet, also in a hotel, may be the Princess Casino with 166 slot machine games and ninety-seven games. The Star Vegas Gambling establishment is part of an international resort and hotel complex that attributes several amenities furthermore to the gambling den, which has ten thousand sqft of one hundred thirty slot machine games and 88 table games.

Across the Cambodian border at Asmech/Surin is one casino, the Casino O Samet, with a hundred slots and 50 tables of baccarat banque. Furthermore, the Koh Kong Gambling establishment, in the province of Trat, is open every day from nine a.m. to ten p.m., with 100 slot machines and 4 table games. A smaller gambling establishment, Le Macau Gambling establishment and Hotel, opened not too long ago at Bavet on the Vietnamese border.

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