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A joint task force comprised of Cambodian and Chinese law enforcement raided a compound in Phnom Penh on Friday, seizing equipment connected to illegal online gaming and internet fraud.
Cambodian authorities arrested 15 people over the weekend following a raid on a casino in the southwest coastal city of Sihanoukville, during which shots were fired at police.
Cambodia’s new gaming legislation which aims to provide more regulation and curb abuses may sound good. But a US-based expert questions how much benefit it will provide.
Gaming property owner Kang Qiang has placed gold urinals in his Sihanoukville, Cambodia gambling venue while all land-based casinos are shuttered in the country by the coronavirus pandemic, news reports said.
All legal casinos in Cambodia will be shuttered indefinitely starting Thursday due to risk from the coronavirus outbreak. New cases of the potentially fatal illness include a man who worked in an unidentified casino.
Markets around the world are tumbling due to the novel COVID-19 coronavirus. Hospitality companies are seeing massive devaluations as global travel is coming to a standstill.
Law enforcement officers in Cambodia recently arrested 16 North Korean nationals for their roles in running an illegal gambling operation with ties to China.
Cambodia’s blanket online-gaming prohibition came into effect on January 1 as the country’s authoritarian government promised to deal harshly with those caught flouting the ban.
A kidnapped employee of an online casino based in Sihanoukville, Cambodia was rescued recently after being threatened her fingers would be cut off if she failed to pay a $4,950 ransom, as Southeast Asia responds to multiple recent abductions.
Landing International Casino Chairman Yang Zhihui — who was earlier reported missing from the firm — has been detained in Cambodia, according to a Beijing news source that confirmed the story with multiple sources.