Dozens of Sihanoukville casinos may be down for the count


A combination of the ban on online gambling and the impact of the coronavirus mean that dozens of Sihanoukville casinos may have closed their doors permanently.

The report comes from the Khmer Times, itself citing an unnamed official in the Labor Ministry.

According to the report, around 30 casinos in Sihanoukville have closed or suspended the employment of all of their staff and another 33 have temporarily suspended staff with their outlook uncertain.

Many of the casinos in Sihanoukville are very small operations, often attached to small hotels, without major financial reserves.

Recent reports state that a total of 193 casinos have been licensed in the kingdom as a whole, but it appears that some fraction of these have already gone out of business.