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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Casino operator Wynn Resorts Ltd. saw an uptick in earnings and revenue in the first quarter of 2017, fueled by strong performance from Wynn Palace and Las Vegas operations.

SJM Holdings held an opening ceremony for Jai Alai Avenue, a 30,000 square feet cosmetics and beauty retail space.

The Melco-Hard Rock consortium, which is planning an integrated resort in Limassol, Cyprus is set to sign contracts for its construction later this month.

Melco Crown’s Philippines subsidiary has backed away from comments made by Belle Corp’s chairman regarding expansion plans for City of Dreams Manila.

The Macau government is considering a possible cap on the number of casino shuttle buses operating in the city, according to Transport Bureau director Kelvin Lam Hin Sang.

Philippines casino investor, Belle Corporation is looking at a second site to expand its casino venture, local media reports.

Macau GGR is expected to reach MOP 19.6 to 19.9 billion for the month of April, representing growth of 13 to 15 percent year-on-year, according to estimates from Bernstein.

Casino operator Wynn Macau has announced payment of a final dividend of HK$0.42 per share for the year ended Dec. 31, 2016.

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