Imagine for a second you live in Las Vegas. Now imagine that you’re in the mood to play poker. Or Blackjack. Or slots. Whatever. You’re in the mood for something and there are tons of casinos within walking distance.
So you flip a coin (a multi-headed coin, no less) and decide that tonight you’re going to go all in at the Wynn. So you head through the lobby doors and are asked to show your ID.
“Sorry, but we can’t let you in,” says security.
“Why not?” you wonder, thinking you’ve been unfairly flagged for some sort of illegal activity. Perhaps security has you mixed up with someone else who caused trouble at the casino the other day.
“So, why not?” you ask again.
“Sorry,” the security guard says. “You know the rules. No locals in here.”
Seems crazy, right? Well, that’s pretty much how it goes down where only foreigners are permitted to gamble in the country’s local casinos.
Buy that could very well change. According to recent reports, the government of Cambodia is thinking about allowing local residents to gamble at area casinos. The move comes as regulated gambling has grown to be a global phenomenon.
Who cares about local casinos? Cambodia residents can hop online and play at sites like Slots of Vegas. Sure, they need to follow their own local laws. But many online casinos serve residents of Cambodia. So for a country to deny its own citizens access to pastime that’s readily available in their own backyard? That’s kind of ridiculous.
What’s more, Vietnam is looking at opening local casinos to the country’s residents. So if a neighboring country allows it, it’s only fair that your own country does, too.
We’re glad to see this move being made. We understand if a country doesn’t want to have any casinos in its own backyard. Several US states refuse to allow casino gambling within state lines. About a dozen states don’t have any form of casinos. But no state has casinos while forbidding their own players to play there.
We’ll be keeping an eye on this story as it develops, so stay locked to our blog.