25 Aug 17

There is a fascinating story to the Cambodia casinos that lie just over the dividing line from nearby Thailand, in which casino gambling is illegal. Eight gambling halls are based in a generally tiny area in the municipality of Poipet in Cambodia. This conclave of Cambodia gambling dens is in a perfect area, a 3 to four hour trip from Bangkok and Macao, the 2 largest gambling centers in Asia. Cambodia gambling halls do a thriving business with Thai workers and travelers from Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore, with just a few Westerners. The amazing capital acquired from the gambling dens ranges from seven and a half million dollars to more than 12.5 million, and there are a couple of controls constraints for gambling den ownership. Ownership is presumed to be largely Thai; still, funding sources are vague. The borders are officially open from 0900 to 1700, and even though visas are allegedly needed to pass, there are methods around this, as is true of many borders.

The initial Cambodia gambling halls opened in Phnom Penh in 1994, but were forced to close in the late nineties, leaving just a single gambling den in the capital, the Naga Resort. The Naga, a stationary bateau casino, features one hundred and fifty slots and 60 tables. The Naga casino is open all hours with 42 tables of mini-baccarat chemin de fer, four tables of vingt-et-un, 10 of roulette, two of Caribbean Stud Poker, and 1 each of Pai-Gow and Tai-Sai.

The initial gambling hall in Poipet, the Holiday Palace, premiered in 1999 and the Golden Crown quickly opened. There are one hundred and fifty slots and 5 table games at the Golden Crown and 104 one armed bandits and sixty eight table games at the Holiday Palace. The latest Holiday Palace Casino and Resort features three hundred slot machines and 70 table games and the Princess Hotel and Casino, also in Poipet, has one hundred and sixty six slot machine games and 96 table games, including 87 punto banco (the most popular game), Fan Tan, and Pai Gow. In addition, there is the Casino Tropicana, with 135 one armed bandits and 66 of the common table games, as well as a single table of Casino Stud Poker. One more of the 8 casinos in Poipet, again a part of a hotel, is the Princess Casino with one hundred and sixty six slots and 97 table games. The Star Vegas Casino is is located in a comprehensive vacation and hotel building that highlights a number of amenities accompanying the casino, which contains ten thousand square feet of one hundred and thirty slot machines and 88 gaming tables.


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