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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Wynn Macau will raise the wages of non-management staff by between 3 percent and 6.5 percent, the company said.

Australia-listed Silver Heritage Group has increased the budget for its integrated resort in Nepal by A$18 million ($13.8 million) to $70.3 million and said it’s in the process of raising more capital.

The Philippines need to improve its international image to boost tourism numbers and inbound investment, allowing it to achieve its full potential, local operators say.

The Philippines need to improve its international image to boost tourism numbers and inbound investment, allowing it to achieve its full potential, local operators say. The noise over politics and instability is overshadowing the country's achievements and natural attractions.



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North Korea is seeking foreign investors for a cruise ship program, which it says will be permitted to operate a casino, the Yonhap news agency reported.

The Queensland government has yet to do the due diligence on the finances of the ASF Group, a China-backed consortium building a $3 billion integrated resort on the Gold Coast, the Gold Coast Bulletin reported.

The Baha Mar resort in the Bahamas is scheduled to hold a soft opening on April 21 and its casino floor is stocked with machines, though the IR still has not received its casino license, local media reported.

 India’s Law Commission recognizes the government would raise substantial revenue from regulating the country’s $60 billion gambling industry, but its chairman says the legal body has not yet made up its mind on the issue.

 

India’s Law Commission recognizes the government would raise substantial revenue from regulating the country’s $60 billion gambling industry, but its chairman says the legal body has not yet made up its mind on the issue. Justice Balbir Singh Chauhan was giving the opening remarks to a conference hosted by the All India Gaming Federation and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry in New Delhi last week.



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The Court of Appeals has rejected an attempt to stop the historic Army and Navy Club in Manila from being converted to a hotel and casino, local media reports.

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