There is a fascinating story to the Cambodia casinos that lie just across the dividing line from nearby Thailand, in which casino betting is prohibited. Eight gambling dens are based in a generally small space in the metropolis of Poipet in Cambodia. This conclave of Cambodia casinos is in an excellent destination, a three to 4 hour travel from Bangkok and Macao, the 2 biggest betting centers in Asia. Cambodia gambling dens do a thriving business with Thai laborers and tourists from Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore, with only very few Westerners. The phenomenal income acquired from the gambling halls ranges from $7.5 million to over 12.5 million, and there are a couple of controls constraints for gambling den ownership. Ownership is assumed to be mostly Thai; although, investment sources are ambiguous. The borders are ceremoniously open from 0900 to 17:00, and although visas are apparently required to cross, there are methods and means around this, as is correct of most border crossings.
The original Cambodia casinos opened in Phnom Penh in 1994, but were required to close in 1998, leaving only one casino in the capital, the Naga Resort. The Naga, a stationary bateau casino, contains 150 slot machines and 60 tables. The Naga gambling hall is open 24 hours with forty two tables of mini-baccarat chemin de fer, 4 tables of 21, ten of roulette, 2 of Caribbean Stud Poker, and a single table each of Pai-Gow and Tai-Sai.
The first gambling hall in Poipet, the Holiday Palace, opened in the late nineties and the Golden Crown soon followed. There are 150 slot machine games and 5 table games at the Golden Crown and 104 slot machines and 68 gaming tables at the Holiday Palace. The newest Holiday Palace Casino and Resort contains 300 slot machines and seventy table games and the Princess Hotel and Casino, also in Poipet, has one hundred and sixty six slot machines and ninety six gaming tables, including eighty seven baccarat chemin de fer (the most beloved game), Fan Tan, and Pai Gow. In addition, there is the Casino Tropicana, with 135 slot machines and sixty six of the normal gaming tables, as well as 1 table of Casino Stud Poker. One more of the 8 casinos in Poipet, also in a motel, is the Princess Casino with 166 slot machines and ninety seven table games. The Star Vegas Casino is part of an international vacation and hotel complex that highlights many comforts in addition to the gambling den, which offers 10,000 square feet of one hundred and thirty one armed bandits and eighty eight tables.