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Cambodia considers reversing online gaming ban, irking China

With so much money at stake, investors say restriction was only temporary

A boom in online gambling has coincided with an explosion in Chinese investment in hotels and casinos, particularly in the coastal city of Sihanoukville, where authorities have granted more than 160 casino licenses.

PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia may walk back its decision to shut down its online gaming industry, risking the ire of closest regional ally China.

Online gaming has become a powerful economic driver in the Cambodian port city of Sihanoukville, attracting hundreds of thousands of Chinese workers catering to clients mostly within mainland China, where gambling remains illegal.

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