Sihanoukville Reports Mass Casino Closures, Unemployment As Online Ban Takes Effect

Fifty-six casinos have closed in Sihanoukville alone and thousands of locals have lost jobs as Cambodian officials continue enforcement of a nationwide ban on foreign-facing online operations.

Strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen’s August directive to eradicate Cambodia’s proliferating online gaming industry came into force on January 1, dashing industry hopes of a government reprieve for largely China-facing online operators.

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