Cambodia

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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For 2017 and beyond, I think we will likely see accelerated casino resort development in Southeast Asia, especially Vietnam and Cambodia.

In 2017 I think we will continue to see the larger players in Macau flex their muscles internationally looking for ROIC no longer available in Macau.

Gaming supplier Entertainment Gaming Asia (EGT) has sold its remaining gaming assets in Cambodia in an effort to streamline its business operations.

Malaysia-listed MQ Technology has denied reports that it is in talks with Cambodia’s largest casino operator, NagaCorp, over plans to develop and manage a theme park in the Kingdom.

To coin a popular phrase, 2016 really has been a year of two halves in the Asian gaming industry. To continue with the cliches, it’s also fair to say there have been a few curved balls along the route.

To coin a popular phrase, 2016 really has been a year of two halves in the Asian gaming industry. To continue with the cliches, it’s also fair to say there have been a few curved balls along the route. Industry experts gave us their views of the year just passed, with the good, the bad and the ugly.



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MQ Technology Bhd, a Malaysian investment holding company is reportedly in discussions with Cambodian Resorts and Entertainment Co Ltd (CRE) to develop a $30 million gaming resort and theme park in Southeast Cambodia.

The Cambodian government has been working on measures to control and manage online gambling, said an official at the Ministry of Economy and Finance.

Donaco International says it will be focusing on further reducing debt, consider “additional capital management initiatives” and further opportunities to grow its business over the next year.

NagaCorp, which operates the NagaWorld casino in Cambodia, envisages adding a third phase to its resort with more non-gaming attractions as tourism to the country grows.

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