Casinos close, gamblers flee Cambodia ahead of inspections

Scores of casinos have abruptly closed ahead of inspections on online and arcade gambling operations across Cambodia as a ban comes into effect.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen in August issued a directive to ban all online and arcade gambling in the Kingdom by the end of this year. He noted some online gambling operations rigged their games and threatened those who are not able to repay gambling debts.

Earlier this month, the Finance Ministry’s financial industry department revealed a drop in the number of licensed casinos from 163 in June to 141. The department yesterday said the number has further decreased to 136 licensed casinos.

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