It’s 9 a.m. and the Crown casino in the Cambodian border town of Bavet is booming. Hordes of Vietnamese gamblers cram themselves around card games drinking coffee and chewing on cigarette ends.

While some may have caught some sleep since the night’s session, for others, the 24-hour opening cycle has kept the chips and cards rolling all night.

On the surface this wild-west town 160km from Phnom Penh appears to be thriving and the numbers of Vietnamese strong. 

Gaming operators looking for an easy way to set up a casino and cash-in on the thousands of Vietnamese eager for a flutter, could see its luck change as Cambodia introduces new gaming legislation.



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Will the new supply coming to the Cotai resort district set Macau back on the road to growth and if it does will operators be allocated enough tables to make the new multi-billion dollar resorts profitable?

They are billion-dollar questions with no ready answer as operators and investors adjust to an adverse political climate in China and the chilly “new normal” this has imposed on the world’s largest casino market.

Will the new supply coming to the Cotai resort district set Macau back on the road to growth and if it does will operators be allocated enough tables to make the new multi-billion dollar resorts profitable? They are billion-dollar questions with no ready answer as operators and investors adjust to an adverse political climate in China and the chilly “new normal” this has imposed on the world’s largest casino market.



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The merger of Tabcorp and Tatts Group is back on track after the Australian Competition Tribunal ruled on Friday that the merger is allowed proceed again.

SkyCity has appointed Liz McNally into the newly created position of chief marketing officer.

Casino cruise operator Genting Hong Kong has announced the sale of 10 million shares in Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings for an aggregate amount of US$270.1 million.

Executives of the two ruling coalition parties have firmed up their decision to delay consideration of the forthcoming “Basic Bill on Gambling Addiction Countermeasures” until the Ordinary Diet Session next year.

Meaningful diversification of gaming products will be a long time coming due to the slow turning wheels of regulation, said at panel of analysts at the Macao Gaming Show on Thursday.

MGM has been selected as a top 15 global finalist for the esteemed “Stop Slavery Award” presented by Thomson Reuters Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the world’s biggest news and information provider.

Japan needs to adopt problem gambling measures that are both scientifically proven and evidence-based, said a panel at the Macao Gaming Show on Thursday.

Nearly 1,000 guests attended a gala dinner for the Macau Gaming Equipment Manufacturers Association (MGEMA) on Wednesday night at the Grand Ballroom of the JW Marriott.

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