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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The rising cost of acquiring new online players is forcing operators in Asia to ramp up their customer relationship management (CRM) capabilities in a bid to build deeper bonds and gain more value from existing customers.

 

The rising cost of acquiring new online players is forcing operators in Asia to ramp up their customer relationship management (CRM) capabilities in a bid to build deeper bonds and gain more value from existing customers. In the past, limited competition and high volumes have provided little incentive for Asia facing operators to build a long-term clientele, but that is changing fast. 

 



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Cambodia casino operator NagaCorp will start the construction of its Naga Vladivostok hotel with a casino and waterpark in the Primorye gambling zone in November.

Nagacorp, which runs Cambodia’s NagaWorld, reported VIP rollings in the nine months to the end of September surged 67 percent to $11 billion, as it continued to benefit from increased China visitation to the country.

Australia-listed Donaco International has been revamping its marketing strategy and changing the junket mix again at its Star Vegas property after assuming full management control in July.

With its pristine, golden beaches and exotic temples, Asia has cemented itself as a premium tourist region, attracting millions of travellers every year.

 

With its pristine, golden beaches and exotic temples, Asia has cemented itself as a premium tourist region, attracting millions of travellers every year. Yet, these same attractions may also be keeping them away from Asia’s integrated resorts, with many tourists no longer drawn by slot machines and gaming tables, instead preferring to spend their hard-earned time and money on non-gaming entertainment options. So how do IRs stay relevant?



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Cambodia’s draft gaming law will be submitted to the cabinet for approval within this month, opening the doors to foreign investment in the country’s gaming industry.

Macau casino investor Amax International Holdings has announced it has entered into a Letter of Intent to obtain the operating rights to a VIP room in Cambodia.

Five South Korean nationals were arrested on Tuesday for illegal football gambling.

A strong economy, stable political environment and rising visitation are all helping to fuel growth in Cambodia’s casino industry, with a total of 79 licenses now having been issued in the country.

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