Cambodia’s casinos are eagerly awaiting reopening, but it won’t be tomorrow. Health inspections are necessary during the pandemic. Donaco International’s flagship Star Vegas will be among the lucky venues.

Already NagaCorp’s giant NagaWorld in Phnom Penh has been receiving gamblers to the casino.

Now inspectors are on their way to the Australian-listed venue to ascertain safety protocols. It has been dark since April 1.

Now it is all in the hands of the Ministry of Health (MOH) officials.

Donaco is chomping at the bit, but is cautioning that with Thailand about open its border with Cambodia, traffic at Star Vegas “will remain low”. It is looking good given that coronavirus cases for the neighboring country are under control.

Not surprisingly, officials in Preah Sihnouk province revealed that 21 local casinos had requested permission to open.

Spokesperson Kheang Phearum said the provincial government’s “hands were tied” until the MOH performed its safety checks.

COVID-19 hit the Sihanoukville’s casino market hard, but it was already decimated by the 2019 surprise ban on online gambling. Chinese gamblers stayed away in droves while Chinese casino operators and staff went home. They may return, but….

Those operators who remain in Sihanoukville will hold court.


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