Cambodia Gambling Dens

Friday, 21. June 2019

There is an interesting story to the Cambodia casinos that sit just across the dividing line from next door Thailand, where gambling hall gaming is illegal. Eight gambling dens are anchored in a generally small space in the city of Poipet in Cambodia. This group of Cambodia gambling halls is in a prime spot, a three to 4 hour travel from Bangkok and Macao, the two most popular wagering locations in Asia. Cambodia gambling dens do a thriving business with Thai workers and travelers from Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore, with just a few Westerners. The amazing income acquired from the gambling halls ranges from $7.5 million to more than 12.5 million, and there are a couple of limitations requirements for gambling hall ownership. Ownership is assumed to be mainly Thai; although, financial sources are vague. The borders are formally open from 0900 to 5:00 p.m., and though visas are supposedly needed to cross, there are means around this, as is real of many border crossings.

The first Cambodia casinos premiered in Phnom Penh in 1994, but were forced to close in 1998, leaving just one casino in the capital, the Naga Resort. The Naga, a docked bateau gambling den, features 150 one armed bandits and 60 gaming tables. The Naga gambling den is open all day and night with 42 tables of mini-punto banco, 4 tables of blackjack, ten of roulette, 2 of Caribbean Stud Poker, and one each of Pai-Gow and Tai-Sai.

The original gambling den in Poipet, the Holiday Palace, premiered in 1999 and the Golden Crown soon followed. There are 150 slot machines and five tables at the Golden Crown and one hundred and four one armed bandits and 68 tables at the Holiday Palace. The newest Holiday Palace Casino and Resort contains three hundred slots and 70 gaming tables and the Princess Hotel and Casino, also in Poipet, has 166 slots and 96 gaming tables, including 87 baccarat banque (the most popular game), Fan Tan, and Pai Gow. Also, there is the Casino Tropicana, with one hundred and thirty five slot machine games and sixty six of the familiar tables, as well as a single table of Casino Stud Poker. Another one of the 8 gambling halls in Poipet, also a part of a motel, is the Princess Casino with 166 one armed bandits and 97 casino games. The Star Vegas Casino is is located in an all-around vacation and hotel complex that highlights many comforts on top of the casino, which provides 10,000 square feet of one hundred and thirty slot machines and 88 gaming tables.

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