Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Game over for Cambo Six

Game over for Cambo Six

Game over for Cambo Six

THE Kingdom's sole bookmaker, Cambo Six, closed all its outlets on Wednesday in accordance with an order issued Tuesday by Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Finance Minister Keat Chhon told the Post early Wednesday that the betting chain, which has 20 outlets across the country, had been given a week to close. But in Phnom Penh, Battambang, Sihanoukville and Siem Reap, Cambo Six branches were forced to end all gambling, the company said, and could only remain open to pay winnings on previously placed bets.

"The police are forcing us to close, but we have to pay our customers," said Nancy Chau, the manager of Cambo Six's head office in Phnom Penh.

Keat Chhon said the government would sign a licence termination agreement with the company on Wednesday afternoon stipulating that the company would not receive any compensation. Its current operating licence had been due to expire in 2011.

"We are not slowing the closure process with this football betting company because we are working with them even at nighttime," Keat Chhon said.

On Tuesday, Hun Sen abruptly ordered the closure of Cambo Six at a Phnom Penh graduation ceremony. 

Related Story

ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY STEVE FINCH

MOST VIEWED

  • US think tank warns of China's 'ulterior motives'

    A US think tank on Tuesday warned that spreading Chinese investment in the Indo-Pacific follows a pattern of leveraging geopolitical influence at the expense of the nations receiving investment, including Cambodia. The report looks at a sample of 15 Chinese port development projects, noting that the

  • More than three tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia seized in Mozambique

    A total of 3.5 tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia was seized by authorities in Mozambique late last week, according to the NGO Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). CITES' information was based on a report from the

  • Defence Ministry denies weapons in smuggling case came from Cambodia

    After a Thai national was arrested last week for allegedly smuggling guns from Cambodia to Thailand, Cambodia's Defence Ministry has claimed the weapons seized during the arrest are not used in Cambodia, despite the fact that both types of rifle seized are commonly found in

  • Shipwreck found off coast of Koh Kong

    Royal Cambodian Navy researchers are working to identify a decades-old shipwreck found earlier this month off the coast of Koh Kong province. Divers found the 70-metre-long wreck on April 4 about a mile from Koh Chhlam island, according to Navy officials. Deputy Navy Commander Tea Sokha,