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    Malaysia-based SV International revealed plans to transform the sleepy coastal town of Sihanoukville, Cambodia, into the “Macau of Southeast Asia.” It plans to “bulk acquire every potential development lot” in the town’s port area, and is “purchasing existing hotels for renovation and equipping them with gaming licenses.” However, unless legislation is improved,  infrastructure upgraded infrastructure and transport links are improved existing operators are sceptical about the plan's chances for success. 

    Online gambling busts threaten Sihanoukville’s gaming renaissance

    Cambodia’s coastal town of Sihanoukville, a sleepy place popular among backpackers and expats looking to escape the frenetic pace of the capital, has long been a gateway to some of Cambodia’s most prized beaches. However, that is changing with a surge in Chinese investment in hotels and casinos in the city itself. Part of the boom has been driven by online gambling, but a string of recent busts may have dented confidence in the industry. 
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