VietNamNet Bridge – Dozens of casinos have been built along the Vietnam-Cambodia border for the purpose of luring Vietnamese gamblers.
From the Moc Bai border gate in Tay Ninh province, Vietnam, one can see Goodluck 9 casino adjacent to the Bavet border gate of Cambodia.
There are more than 30 casinos, 14 cock-fighting playgrounds along the border, mainly to attract gamblers from southwestern provinces of Vietnam, such as Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong, Dong Nai…
The Crown Bavet Casino is located near the border in Tay Ninh. Every day thousands of Vietnamese go to Cambodia to gamble. The number increases by 700-900 during the weekend. Not only the border area in Tay Ninh province, casinos also appear along the borders in Kien Giang, Long An, Dong Thap provinces.
Several gamblers had their fingers and ears cut by lenders at casinos to be sent to their families in Vietnam to bring money to Cambodia for redemption. In the days of arrest by usury gangs, many gamblers were beaten. Some of them jumped down from high stories in an attempt to escape and died.
In a recent report of Kien Giang Province, the provincial authorities identified over 500 Vietnamese who often go to casinos along the border. Dozens of local people lost their houses and assets because of gambling. Some people committed of robbery or suicide because of debts.
Titan Casino is the largest casino near the border gate of Moc Bai. Not only this casino but other casinos in this area offer accommodation services for gamblers.
Gamblers are lured by the luxury car prize.
Bustling scene inside a Cambodian casino. These people talk to each other in Vietnamese. Most of the visitors are Vietnamese, including students.
Each guest will be given a “discount” voucher in Vietnamese, worth $10.
The leaflet of a casino in Cambodia delivered to Vietnamese at the border gates. The governments of the provinces bordering Cambodia have directed relevant agencies to identify gamblers to handle them under the law. Public servants will be seriously punished if they are detected to gamble at Cambodia casinos.
A car for gamblers.