Cambodia Gambling Halls

There is a fascinating background to the Cambodia gambling halls that sit just across the dividing line from nearby Thailand, where casino gambling is prohibited. Eight casinos are based in a generally tiny space in the municipality of Poipet in Cambodia. This conclave of Cambodia gambling dens is in an excellent location, a 3 to 4 hour travel from Bangkok and Macao, the 2 largest gaming locations in Asia. Cambodia gambling halls do a thriving business with Thai blue-collar workers and tourists from Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore, with just a few Westerners. The amazing capital gained from the casinos ranges from 7.5 million dollars to more than 12.5 million, and there are a few controls constraints for gambling den ownership. Ownership is presumed to be largely Thai; although, financing sources are cryptic. The borders are ceremoniously open from 9:00 a.m. to 1700, and though visas are allegedly required to pass, there are means around this, as is correct of most border crossings.

The 1st Cambodia casinos opened in Phnom Penh in the mid nineties, but were forced to close in 1998, leaving only 1 casino in the capital, the Naga Resort. The Naga, a moored ship casino, features one hundred and fifty one armed bandits and 60 gaming tables. The Naga casino is open all day and night with forty two tables of mini-punto banco, 4 tables of blackjack, 10 of roulette, two of Caribbean Stud Poker, and a single table each of Pai-Gow and Tai-Sai.

The first gambling hall in Poipet, the Holiday Palace, premiered in the late nineties and the Golden Crown before long opened. There are 150 slot machine games and 5 tables at the Golden Crown and 104 slot machine games and sixty eight table games at the Holiday Palace. The newer Holiday Palace Casino and Resort highlights three hundred one armed bandits and 70 tables and the Princess Hotel and Casino, also in Poipet, has 166 slots and 96 table games, including 87 baccarat chemin de fer (the most dominant game), Fan Tan, and Pai Gow. In addition, there is the Casino Tropicana, with 135 slot machine games and 66 of the common table games, as well as 1 table of Casino Stud Poker. An additional of the 8 gambling halls in Poipet, also a part of a hotel, is the Princess Casino with 166 slot machines and 97 table games. The Star Vegas Casino is is located in a comprehensive resort and hotel complex that features many conveniences on top of the casino, which houses ten thousand square feet of one hundred and thirty slots and 88 gaming tables.

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