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 armed forces coup in Thailand, which toppled the democratically elected government, may be considered a cause for concern to the community that is international it’s reportedly been a huge boon to the little Cambodian gambling city of Poipet, just over the border. Poipet has for ages been a destination that is popular the people of Thailand, where gambling on anything apart from domestic horseracing and the national lottery is illegal, despite a general enthusiasm among the population.
But, the new armed forces junta’s authoritarian crackdown on illegal casinos and gambling dens in Thailand is directing the former customers of those unfortunate establishments eagerly towards the dining table games of Poipet.
Cambodia itself has a (loosely enforced) no-gambling policy but, fortunately for everyone involved, Poipet’s casino strip, containing nine smallish casinos, is cunningly situated in a type of gambling no-man’s-land between the Cambodian and Thai passport control counters.
Military Shut Down of Illegal Gambling
The influx continues to be something of a surprise to the Poipet operators, however, because in the full days following the coup they reported that the quantity of visitors to the town had fallen significantly. At the start of June, mana „Thailand Military Coup Provokes Mini Casino Boom in Cambodia“ weiterlesen