There is a fascinating history to the Cambodia casinos that reside just across the dividing line from neighboring Thailand, where gambling hall wagering is prohibited. Eight casinos are situated in a relatively tiny location in the municipality of Poipet in Cambodia. This band of Cambodia gambling dens is in an excellent area, a three to four hour travel from Bangkok and Macao, the two most popular betting centers in Asia. Cambodia gambling halls do a huge business with Thai laborers and travelers from Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore, with only very couple of Westerners. The amazing capital gained from the gambling halls ranges from 7.5 million dollars to more than 12.5 million, and there are a few limitations constraints for gambling hall ownership. Ownership is assumed to be largely Thai; still, financial sources are vague. The borders are officially open from 09:00 to 17:00, and though visas are supposedly necessary to cross, there are ways around this, as is true of most border crossings.
The first Cambodia gambling dens opened in Phnom Penh in 1994, but were required to close in the late nineties, leaving just a single gambling hall in the capital, the Naga Resort. The Naga, a docked bateau gambling den, contains 150 one armed bandits and sixty tables. The Naga gambling den never closes with forty two tables of mini-baccarat banque, 4 tables of chemin de fer, ten of roulette, two of Caribbean Stud Poker, and 1 each of Pai-Gow and Tai-Sai.
The 1st gambling hall in Poipet, the Holiday Palace, premiered in 1999 and the Golden Crown quickly opened. A total of 150 slot machine games and five tables at the Golden Crown and 104 slot machine games and sixty eight gaming tables at the Holiday Palace. The newest Holiday Palace Casino and Resort contains 300 slots and seventy tables and the Princess Hotel and Casino, also in Poipet, has 166 slot machine games and 96 table games, including eighty seven punto banco (the most dominant game), Fan Tan, and Pai Gow. Additionally, there is the Casino Tropicana, with one hundred and thirty five slot machines and sixty six of the familiar tables, as well as a single table of Casino Stud Poker. Another one of the 8 casinos in Poipet, also a part of a hotel, is the Princess Casino with 166 slot machines and 97 casino games. The Star Vegas Casino is part of an all-around resort and hotel complex that highlights numerous amenities in addition to the gambling hall, which offers ten thousand sq.ft. of 130 one armed bandits and eighty eight table games.