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Well its no good them turning up here for a game of darts or bridge as a consolation prize either 🤔

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2 minutes ago, scubascuba3 said:

If online gambling is banned how does that impact the casinos in <deleted>sville?

Because all the money goes offshore?

 

Because the machines are in Cambodia but the actual money and payouts go to/come from somewhere else.

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I’ve never been there but a friend who used to spend a lot of time there said it was ruined at least a few years ago by the influx of Chinese tourists. Too bad it has also been ruined for the locals.

 

This is the consequence of selling out to the almighty renminbi. May it serve as a lesson to others. Are you listening TAT?

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4 hours ago, scubascuba3 said:

If online gambling is banned how does that impact the casinos in <deleted>sville?

 I was in Cambodia 2 years ago.  I visited several Casinos in Sihanoukville out of general interest when staying there.  There was not one game being played that I recognised.

 

Of interest in each place were the well dressed female Cambodian croupiers playing some form of card game not to people sitting at a table but to an very large online computer screen with many players listed across the screen.  As they dealt the cards the players would bet online.  Obviously a line of credit would need to be established with the casino first.  There were several tables in each establishment participating in this online gambling. I was told by a local that one new hotel of some 7 or 8 stories near the beach was fully booked out by Chinese visitors there in town to gamble and mostly gamble online.

 

I was not really happy when I heard the Chinese had recently purchased a large tract of beachfront land there for a massive development exclusively for the Chinese clientele.  And a friend recently returning from Phnom Penh said the city was awash with Chinese development and Chinese visitors.  Just like the rest of SE Asia.

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5 hours ago, ThomasThBKK said:

and the lives of all locals there that are now left with nothing but unfinished worthless construction projects, empty casinos and destroyed beaches and nature that will prolly never recover. At least the expats there can just move on...

 

And yes, that's the reason why i don't like chinese, indian or whatever mass tourism and thailand should be damn serious about waking the fak up and making it here more sustaintable or the same will happen.

I went there in 2004 was a great laid back place 

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So let's hope the Chinese masses leave, turn the casino's into apartments, make it a nice place to holiday again! 
I planned living there right when the Chinese showed up 2 months later, knew it would be bad so left at that time. Perhaps it will become nice again now.

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1 hour ago, rodpav said:

I went there in 2004 was a great laid back place 

It was still a great place in 2013 but since then, "Snooky" has been decimated by the building, mainly casinos for Chinese.   There are several threads running on TV about it - do a search.

Now it would seem that much of it was in vain and it's become a "lose-lose" situation. Sad.

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7 hours ago, gk10002000 said:

72 casinos had sprung up?  What a way to ruin a nice area

Yes, but maybe it will be as it once was.  It use to be a great place to live. 

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I bet it will get worse. 2-1. Any takers?

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