There is an interesting story to the Cambodia casinos that sit just across the border from next door Thailand, in which casino gambling is prohibited. Eight gambling halls are established in a relatively small area in the city of Poipet in Cambodia. This collection of Cambodia gambling halls is in a prime area, a three to 4 hour trip from Bangkok and Macao, the two biggest gaming centers in Asia. Cambodia gambling dens do a huge business with Thai laborers and travelers from Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore, with only very couple of Westerners. The astonishing income gained from the gambling dens ranges from $7.5 million to more than 12.5 million, and there are a number of restrictions requirements for gambling den ownership. Ownership is required to be mostly Thai; although, investment sources are ambiguous. The borders are formally open from 9:00 a.m. to 17:00, and despite the fact visas are supposedly necessary to pass, there are means around this, as is correct of many border crossings.
The first Cambodia casinos opened in Phnom Penh in 1994, but were forced to close in 1998, leaving only a single gambling den in the capital, the Naga Resort. The Naga, an anchored boat gambling den, contains one hundred and fifty slot machine games and 60 gaming tables. The Naga gambling hall never closes with 42 tables of mini-baccarat, 4 tables of blackjack, ten of roulette, 2 of Caribbean Stud Poker, and one each of Pai-Gow and Tai-Sai.
The first gambling den in Poipet, the Holiday Palace, premiered in the late nineties and the Golden Crown soon opened. A total of one hundred and fifty slot machine games and five tables at the Golden Crown and one hundred and four slot machines and sixty eight table games at the Holiday Palace. The latest Holiday Palace Casino and Resort highlights three hundred one armed bandits and seventy gaming tables and the Princess Hotel and Casino, also in Poipet, has 166 slot machine games and 96 table games, including 87 baccarat (the most dominant game), Fan Tan, and Pai Gow. In addition, there is the Casino Tropicana, with one hundred and thirty five slot machines and sixty six of the familiar gaming tables, as well as 1 table of Casino Stud Poker. One more of the eight casinos in Poipet, again in a hotel, is the Princess Casino with 166 slot machines and 97 casino games. The Star Vegas Casino is is located in an all-around vacation and hotel complex that features numerous comforts in addition to the casino, which provides 10,000 sq.ft. of one hundred and thirty slots and eighty eight tables.