There is an appealing background to the Cambodia gambling dens that lie just over the border from next door Thailand, where gambling den betting is against the law. Eight gambling dens are anchored in a relatively small location in the city of Poipet in Cambodia. This group of Cambodia gambling halls is in a perfect destination, a 3 to four hour drive from Bangkok and Macao, the two most popular betting locations in Asia. Cambodia gambling dens do a huge business with Thai blue-collar workers and tourists from Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore, with only very few Westerners. The amazing income gained from the gambling dens ranges from $7.5 million to more than twelve and a half million dollars, and there are a number of controls requirements for gambling hall ownership. Ownership is required to be largely Thai; still, financial sources are cryptic. The borders are formally open from 0900 to 1700, and even though visas are apparently needed to pass, there are methods and means around this, as is correct of most border crossings.
The initial Cambodia gambling dens opened in Phnom Penh in the mid nineties, but were required to close in the late nineties, leaving just 1 gambling den in the capital, the Naga Resort. The Naga, a moored barge gambling hall, contains 150 slot machines and sixty tables. The Naga gambling hall never closes with forty two tables of mini-baccarat chemin de fer, 4 tables of blackjack, 10 of roulette, 2 of Caribbean Stud Poker, and 1 each of Pai-Gow and Tai-Sai.
The first gambling den in Poipet, the Holiday Palace, opened in the late nineties and the Golden Crown before long opened. There are one hundred and fifty slot machines and 5 table games at the Golden Crown and one hundred and four slot machines and sixty eight gaming tables at the Holiday Palace. The latest Holiday Palace Casino and Resort contains three hundred slots and 70 gaming tables and the Princess Hotel and Casino, also in Poipet, has one hundred and sixty six slot machines and 96 table games, including eighty seven baccarat (the most dominant game), Fan Tan, and Pai Gow. Also, there is the Casino Tropicana, with one hundred and thirty five slot machines and 66 of the common table games, as well as a single table of Casino Stud Poker. One more of the eight gambling halls in Poipet, again in a hotel, is the Princess Casino with 166 slot machine games and 97 casino games. The Star Vegas Casino is is located in a comprehensive vacation and hotel complex that features a number of luxuries in addition to the gambling hall, which offers ten thousand sq.ft. of one hundred and thirty one armed bandits and eighty eight tables.