Cambodia Gambling Halls

There is a captivating background to the Cambodia gambling halls that reside just across the border from next door Thailand, where gambling den gaming is not allowed. Eight gambling dens are established in a generally tiny area in the municipality of Poipet in Cambodia. This conclave of Cambodia casinos is in a prime spot, a 3 to 4 hour travel from Bangkok and Macao, the two most popular gaming locations in Asia. Cambodia gambling dens do a huge business with Thai blue-collar workers and guests from Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore, with only very couple of Westerners. The phenomenal income accrued from the gambling halls ranges from $7.5 million to more than twelve and a half million dollars, and there are a few restrictions constraints for gambling hall ownership. Ownership is presumed to be largely Thai; although, financial sources are ambiguous. The borders are officially open from 0900 to 1700, and even though visas are for all intents and purposes required to pass, there are means around this, as is accurate of many borders.

The initial Cambodia gambling halls premiered in Phnom Penh in the mid nineties, but were forced to close in 1998, leaving only 1 gambling den in the capital, the Naga Resort. The Naga, an anchored ship casino, contains 150 slot machine games and sixty table games. The Naga gambling den is open all hours with forty two tables of mini-baccarat chemin de fer, 4 tables of 21, 10 of roulette, 2 of Caribbean Stud Poker, and one each of Pai-Gow and Tai-Sai.

The original gambling hall in Poipet, the Holiday Palace, opened in 1999 and the Golden Crown quickly followed. A total of 150 slots and 5 tables at the Golden Crown and one hundred and four slots and sixty eight table games at the Holiday Palace. The newest Holiday Palace Casino and Resort highlights 300 one armed bandits and 70 table games and the Princess Hotel and Casino, also in Poipet, has 166 slot machine games and ninety six table games, including 87 baccarat chemin de fer (the most dominant game), Fan Tan, and Pai Gow. Additionally, there is the Casino Tropicana, with one hundred and thirty five slot machine games and sixty six of the common table games, as well as one 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 one hundred and sixty six one armed bandits and ninety seven table games. The Star Vegas Casino is is located in a comprehensive resort and hotel building that features a number of amenities aside from the casino, which has 10,000 sq.ft. of 130 slot machine games and 88 gaming tables.

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