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 final 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 small Cambodian gambling town of Poipet, just over the border. Poipet has been a destination that is popular the folks of Thailand, where gambling on anything apart from domestic horseracing and the national lottery is illegal, despite a general enthusiasm among the population.
Nonetheless, the latest junta that is military authoritarian crackdown on illegal gambling enterprises and gambling dens in Thailand is directing the former customers of these unfortunate establishments eagerly towards the table games of Poipet.
Cambodia it self has a (loosely enforced) no-gambling policy but, fortunately for everyone involved, Poipet’s casino strip, which contains 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 remains something of the surprise to the Poipet operators, however, because in the full days following the coup they stated that the number of people to the city had fallen significantly. At the beginning of Jun