Cambodia online casinos can face legal problems if they don’t stop their operations by January 1. Finance Ministry official Ros Phearun said that authorities would inspect local casino operators to make sure they comply with the Prime Minister’s directive to stop all online gambling in the country.
Prime Minister Hun Sen confirmed that his directive stays. He wants online gambling to disappear in the nation. Also, he said that there would be no new online licenses issued by his government. The government will not renew current licenses they expire at the end of the year.
Phearun said that the online gambling ban would reduce money laundering cases by unscrupulous operators. He told online bookie software solution providers that the country currently lacks the technical abilities to make sure all operators comply with rules and regulations.
Death of Cambodia Online Casinos
In the past two years, most of the new casino licenses were for Chinese-run firms in Sihanoukville. A Preah Sihanouk spokesperson told sports betting software providers that local authorities had no choice but to implement the government’s directive.
As a result, most of the casinos in Sihanoukville closed shop. At present, there are around 141 active casinos. They are down from 163 in June. Eighty-nine operators run online gambling and slots machines. Seventy-two of them operate in the Sihanoukville area.
Bookie PPH software insiders learned that a joint committee will inspect the casinos to see if they are still offering online gambling. They will start the inspections on the night of December 31. Casinos found not following the anti-online gambling directive will have their licenses revoked. Also, they will face some legal actions.
Most Cambodians don’t have a problem with the government’s anti-online gambling campaign. However, not everyone is convinced that the government can ensure that all gambling operators are complying with the rules.