Cambodia “learning” to enforce anti-online gaming laws

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The Cambodian government is planning to set up a server to manage and control online gaming which is on the rise in the Kingdom, with the ultimate aim of preventing locals from gambling.

Ros Phearun, a deputy director-general of the Finance Ministry, said that while new gambling legislation is expected to be finalised next year, the state is still learning how to control online gaming.

“By law, we don’t allow online gaming besides licensed casinos and we also don’t allow local people to gamble,” said Phearun. “Right now, we are learning about online gaming from other countries so we can set up a server to manage it. Once we have it, all transactions will come through the system. Even gamblers use wire banking.”

“We found that they operate in different ways by selling a code or scratch code using smartphones. We don’t allow such betting because it is hard to manage and it is not in the system.”

 

Now we are in the process of creating the gaming law, so right now we need to learn more about development of the gaming industry.

 

In 2009, the government shut down Cambo Six, the country’s only licensed bookmaker, when it transpired that contrary to its licence, most of its customers were Cambodians. Win2888, an online operator that advertises on various Khmer sports websites is currently under investigation – as are the sports websites that sold them banners.

“I would like to specify that any sort of game outside the casinos is illegal so we urge the local authority to crack down on it,” Phearun reiterated.

“Presently, we have some big foreign companies that are working on the server from UK or Spain coming to meet us for more engagement. Of course, we are willing to work on it so we can manage it well and avoid any risks in the future. Now we are in the process of creating the gaming law, so right now we need to learn more about development of the gaming industry.”

Cambodia currently has 65 casinos in operation, which are allowed to offer online gaming but must not target Cambodian residents.


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