How banned is Cambodia’s online industry?

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Mey Vann, director general at Cambodia’s Ministry of Finance, pulls no punches when it comes to the nation’s online gambling industry. “It’s gone and it’s not coming back,” he says. However, for industry insiders the situation may not be so clear cut. Speaking at the recent Mekong Gaming Summit, organised by Asia Gaming Brief, Mey said the government had acted as the situation was out of control. With reports of kidnapping, loan sharks and money laundering rising by the day, Prime Minister Hun Sen had, had enough. His decision is also likely to have been helped by a prod from China, which issued a strongly worded statement through its embassy in the Philippines in August that any gambling targeting its citizens would not be tolerated. However, casinos in Sihanoukville, which have relied heavily on live dealer operations, don’t all appear to have got the message. According to government figures, Sihanoukville has 61 casinos, making...

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