There’s a fascinating background to the Cambodia bettings houses that lie just over the national boundaries from bordering Thailand, where casino wagering is illegal. Eight bettings houses are positioned in a fairly small area in the city of Poipet in Cambodia. This conclave of Cambodia gambling dens is in a perfect area, a 3 to 4 drive from Bangkok and Macao, the 2 biggest gambling centers in Asia. Cambodia casinos do a flourishing business with Thai workers and guests from Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore, with only really couple of Westerners. The incredible income acquired from the casinos ranges from $7.5 million to over 12 million, and there are few limitations or registration prerequisites for betting house ownership. Ownership is assumed to be largely Thai; on the other hand, investment sources are vague. The borders are formally open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and even though visas are allegedly necessary to cross, you can find methods around this, as is true of the majority of border crossings.

The initial Cambodia gambling establishments opened in Phnom Penh in 1994, but were pressured to close in 98, leaving only one betting house in the capital, the Naga Resort. The Naga, a fixed boat casino, characteristics 150 slots and sixty table games. The Naga betting house is open 24 hours with 42 tables of mini-baccarat, four tables of chemin de fer, ten of roulette, 2 of Caribbean Stud Poker, and 1 each of Pai-Gow and Tai-Sai.

The first casino in Poipet, the Holiday Palace, opened in ninety-nine and the Golden Crown soon followed. You will discover a hundred and fifty slots and 5 table games at the Golden Crown and 104 slot machines and sixty-eight table games at the Holiday Palace. The newer Holiday Palace Gambling establishment and Resort attributes 300 slot machine games and 70 table games and the Princess Hotel and Gambling den, also in Poipet, has one hundred and sixty-six slots and ninety-six gaming tables, including eighty seven baccarat chemin de fer (the most popular casino game), Fan Tan, and Double-hand. Additionally, there will be the Casino 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. An additional one of the eight gambling establishments in Poipet, also in the hotel, is the Princess Casino with 166 slot machine games and 97 games. The Star Vegas Gambling establishment is part of an international resort and hotel complex that attributes numerous amenities also to the betting house, which has ten thousand sqft of one hundred thirty slot machines and 88 table games.

Across the Cambodian border at Asmech/Surin is one casino, the Casino O Samet, with a hundred slots and fifty tables of baccarat chemin de fer. Also, the Koh Kong Casino, in the province of Trat, is open every day from 9:00 a.m. to ten p.m., with a hundred slot machines and four table games. A smaller gambling establishment, Le Macau Gambling den and Hotel, opened recently at Bavet on the Vietnamese border.