There is an interesting background to the Cambodia gambling halls that sit just over the border from neighboring Thailand, where casino wagering is against the law. Eight casinos are situated in a generally small area in the metropolis of Poipet in Cambodia. This group of Cambodia gambling halls is in a perfect area, a three to 4 hour travel from Bangkok and Macao, the two biggest betting locations in Asia. Cambodia gambling dens do a thriving business with Thai blue-collar workers and tourists from Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore, with just a couple of Westerners. The phenomenal income accrued from the casinos ranges from 7.5 million dollars to over 12.5 million dollars, and there are a number of restrictions constraints for gambling hall ownership. Ownership is assumed to be largely Thai; still, investment sources are ambiguous. The borders are ceremoniously open from 9:00 a.m. to 1700, and though visas are supposedly necessary to cross, there are means around this, as is real of most border crossings.
The original Cambodia gambling dens opened in Phnom Penh in 1994, but were forced to close in the late nineties, leaving only one casino in the capital, the Naga Resort. The Naga, a stationary boat gambling den, features one hundred and fifty one armed bandits and sixty table games. The Naga gambling den never closes with 42 tables of mini-baccarat banque, 4 tables of 21, ten of roulette, two of Caribbean Stud Poker, and 1 each of Pai-Gow and Tai-Sai.
The first casino in Poipet, the Holiday Palace, premiered in the late nineties and the Golden Crown quickly opened. A total of 150 slots and five table games at the Golden Crown and 104 slots and sixty eight tables at the Holiday Palace. The newest Holiday Palace Casino and Resort features three hundred slot machine games and seventy table games and the Princess Hotel and Casino, also in Poipet, has one hundred and sixty six one armed bandits and ninety six gaming tables, including 87 baccarat (the most beloved game), Fan Tan, and Pai Gow. Also, there is the Casino Tropicana, with one hundred and thirty five slot machine games and 66 of the familiar gaming tables, as well as 1 table of Casino Stud Poker. One more of the 8 casinos in Poipet, also a part of a hotel, 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 many conveniences aside from the gambling hall, which houses 10,000 square feet of 130 slot machines and eighty eight table games.