In Cambodia’s boomtown, a gamble on Chinese money goes sour

Online casino ban slams the breaks on Sihanoukville's runaway growth.

On a Saturday afternoon late last year, dozens of dealers lounged around DV Casino waiting for their last paycheck. While they waited, workers hauled furniture out of the building’s column-fronted entrance.

Management had announced just the day before that the Chinese-run casino, which had opened less than a year ago, was closing indefinitely for “maintenance.”

Staff were skeptical.

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