Thailand Military Coup Provokes Mini Casino Boom in Cambodia

Thailand Military Coup Provokes Mini Casino Boom in Cambodia

The Poipet Strip: nine casinos that are small a gambling no-man’s-land between the Cambodian and Thai passport control counters. (Image: scbsme.com)

While last month’s army coup in Thailand, which toppled the democratically elected government, may be a cause for concern to the international community, it’s reportedly been a huge boon to the tiny Cambodian gambling city of Poipet, just throughout the border. Poipet has always been a popular location for the people of Thailand, where gambling on anything other than domestic horseracing and the national lottery is illegal, despite a general enthusiasm among the population.

Nonetheless, the new junta that is military authoritarian crackdown on illegal casinos and gambling dens in Thailand is directing the former customers of those regrettable establishments eagerly towards the table games of Poipet.

Cambodia itself has a (loosely enforced) no-gambling policy but, fortunately for everybody involved, Poipet’s casino strip, containing nine smallish casinos, is cunningly situated in some sort of gambling no-man’s-land between your Cambodian and Thai passport control counters.

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The influx remains something of the shock to the Poipet operators, however, because within the full days following the coup they reported that the number of people to the city had fallen considerably. At the beginning of June, managing director of Crown Reso Leer más