The Cambodian General Secretariat of the Commercial Gambling Management Commission (CGMC) has announced new casino guidelines for gambling businesses in Cambodia.
Directives to crack down on all illegal gambling activities
The guidelines are intended to assure that gambling operators and managers focus on effectively implementing laws aimed at commercial gambling and making sure the legitimate rights of industry operators are protected.
According to the official CGMC announcement, these guidelines “aim to crack down on all illegal gambling activities and gambling dens and to promote legal, commercial gambling.”
The main idea is to ensure that casino operations can be executed according to the laws, and standard documents, relevant to the management of commercial gambling.
The CGMC has advised the casino operators and owners to apply for, or renew their licence, to get permission to continue their work.
Also, the Commission noted that casino operators will be only permitted to operate in the geographical location and in the premises noted in their casino licences.
The guidelines clarified that casino operators who have already applied for casino licences from the Ministry of Economy and Finance and are obeying the necessary conditions to renew their 2022 licence, will be issued a certificate of legality to continue their operations for the year 2022.
Strict control of the CGMC
All certificated operators will be under the strict control and supervision of the CGMC.
“The casino operators or owners have to display their original licences, or the certificate of legality, in a visible place in their business locations. In cases where they use a copy of the licence or the certificate at another location, it will be deemed fraudulent and they will face legal action,” the directive said.
It is also noted all operators will be obliged to pay taxes on the proceeds of all kinds of games operating within the casino premises in full and on time under the laws and regulations in force.
Cambodia has been in the spotlight recently, with a number of reports about people from other Asian countries being illegally brought into Cambodia and forced to work for criminal syndicates, namely in operations related to illegal gambling.
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