Vietnamese Casino and Card Room Gaming
In an effort to recapture revenue from underground gambling and from Vietnamese nationals gambling in Cambodia, Macau and other Asian gaming destinations, Vietnam is considering opening up select casinos to Vietnamese citizens.
In August 2013, Vietnam permitted a select group of Vietnamese nationals to play in a casino in the Van Don economic zone. The move was part of a pilot program designed to attract foreign operators to build casinos in Vietnam, but the multibillion-dollar barrier to entry doomed the project.
In October 2013, Vietnam implemented legislation requiring casinos to be located in five-star hotels. Previously, casinos had to be in four-star hotels in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, and in three-star hotels in other parts of the country. Under the new law, the number of slot machines a casino can have now corresponds to the number of hotel rooms in the establishment. One slot machine is allowed for every five hotel rooms.
In December 2015, the Vietnamese government began work on establishing legislation that would allow Vietnamese citizens to gamble in casinos and participate in other games of chance. The legislation was adopted in November 2016 and will permit Vietnamese to gamble at the two new properties in the Van Don Special Economic Zone and on Phu Quoc island.
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