22 Apr 10

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There’s a fascinating background to the Cambodia gambling dens that lie just over the border from nearby Thailand, where casino wagering is illegal. 8 gambling dens are located inside a fairly tiny area in the city of Poipet in Cambodia. This conclave of Cambodia bettings houses is in the perfect spot, a 3 to 4 drive from Bangkok and Macao, the 2 biggest wagering centers in Asia. Cambodia gambling dens do a successful business with Thai workers and guests from Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore, with only incredibly few Westerners. The phenomenal earnings gained from the bettings houses ranges from seven dollars.five million to over 12 million, and there are few limitations or registration requirements for betting house ownership. Ownership is assumed to be largely Thai; on the other hand, investment sources are vague. The borders are officially open from 9:00 a.m. to five p.m., and although visas are apparently necessary to cross, there are methods around this, as is true of most border crossings.

The 1st Cambodia gambling establishments opened in Phnom Penh in ninety-four, except were compelled to close in ninety-eight, leaving only one gambling den in the capital, the Naga Resort. The Naga, a fixed boat gambling establishment, attributes a hundred and fifty 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 chemin de fer, ten of roulette, two of Caribbean Stud Poker, and one each of Paigow poker and Tai-Sai.

The initial gambling den in Poipet, the Holiday Palace, opened in ninety-nine and the Golden Crown soon followed. You’ll find a hundred and fifty slot machine games and 5 table games at the Golden Crown and 104 slot machine games and sixty-eight table games at the Holiday Palace. The newer Holiday Palace Gambling establishment and Resort attributes 300 slots and seventy table games and the Princess Hotel and Betting house, also in Poipet, has one hundred and sixty-six slots and 96 gaming tables, including 87 baccarat banque (the most well-known game), Fan Tan, and Pai-gow. In addition, there could be the Gambling establishment Tropicana, with one hundred and thirty five slots 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, could be the Princess Betting house 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 additionally to the gambling den, which has ten thousand square feet of one hundred thirty slots and 88 table games.

Across the Cambodian border at Asmech/Surin is one casino, the Casino O Samet, with one hundred slot machine games and fifty tables of baccarat. Moreover, the Koh Kong Casino, in the province of Trat, is open everyday from 9:00 a.m. to ten p.m., with a hundred slot machines and 4 table games. A smaller gambling den, Le Macau Casino and Hotel, opened not too long ago at Bavet on the Vietnamese border.

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