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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Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau director Paulo Martins Chan says more time is needed before the regulator can decide on a proposed tax hike for gaming operators.

VIP baccarat revenue grew 12.6 percent year-on-year to MOP 33.3 billion (US$4.2 billion) in 16Q4, according to data from the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau.

Macau ADR in the past week (January 9 - 15) slowed down to MOP 614 million (US$76.9 million), down 4 percent from the week preceding, said Bernstein in a note on Monday.

A union representing employees of Macau casino operator SJM Holdings has gathered nearly 8,000 signatures for a 5 to 7 percent salary hike

Stronger than expected gaming revenue in the fourth quarter of 2016, along with improvements in VIP and mass play could see Macau achieving gaming revenue growth of 6 percent in 2017, says analysts from Morningstar.

The investigation of the 17 Crown Resorts staff in China is looking to last for at least another year, dashing earlier hopes for a speedy trial.

Vietnamese locals will be required to meet a certain monthly income level in order to be permitted to gamble at local casinos, according to the latest draft decree.

MGM Resorts International has appointed well-known REIT specialist John B. Kilroy, Jr. to its board of directors.

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