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Nagaworld draws 'poor man VIPs' to Cambodian casinos

In Cambodia's crowded gaming market, Nagaworld's success rests on its unique status and appeal for local gamblers.

Motorists drive in front of the NagaWorld hotel and casino in central Phnom Penh. (Photo by George Styllis)

PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia's casino scene, a diverse but relatively modest collection of businesses confined largely to sketchy border towns, offers little inspiration or rewards for the typical high roller. Apart from a small number of gambling "palaces" that have carved a niche among wealthy Thais or other Asians, most are struggling in an increasingly competitive market.

Of the 65 casinos operating in Cambodia, few are as sophisticated and none are as successful as Phnom Penh's NagaWorld. On any given night the capital's only casino is heaving.

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