2009 is shaping up to be another banner year for SihanoukVille's Casinos. All the casinos had prize drawings on New Year's Eve, and many featured New Year's Parties, and all were full.
SihanoukVille's newest, and possibly biggest casino, Kampong Som City Casino & Hotel, down the street from Golden Sands and Fortuna Casinos, is almost ready for opening, and by February or March 2009 should be ready.
A change in the gambling laws, (or enforcement) now excludes local Cambodian people from playing the one cent gaming machines, but apparently they can still play at the card tables and other "Live" games. This has been a boon to the sports gambling places in town.
Plans are still in the works for a casino on Otres Beach in a few years, and casinos on the Islands may be coming soon as well.
All the new competition between the casinos has been great for both gamblers and the casinos themselves.
We'll just have to wait and see what other changes come to SihanoukVille for the rest of the year!