Myanmar Government Considering Allowing Casinos in Country

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The government of Myanmar is considering allowing for the construction of land casinos in an attempt to boost tourism in the country.

The country's Minister for Hotels and Tourism spoke about the change of heart, revealing that the only obstacle to allowing the sites to be built is the country's 1986 Gambling Law. That law prohibits casinos to be built, but has been thought to be out of place with the current government, which passed sweeping reforms in 2011 that liberalized many areas of the country.

General Aung Hlaing Win also put out his thoughts on casinos, revealing: "There are very good businesses in Macao and Singapore. Our country has large sum of foreign debt that we need to pay back. We need to find solutions to make money for the debt. Casinos could be a major source of income."

The process of getting the ball rolling will likely start soon, and things may move quickly once they start. We'll update players as we learn more.

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Kingston Li // Asia Correspondent
Kingston Li
Kingston is a big fan of Baccarat and Texas Hold'em Poker and has tested his skills in tournaments around Asia and the world. He covers the latest gambling news from Asia for Casino Listings. In his spare time, Kingston enjoys hiking, video gaming, and playing disc golf.
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23 February 2018 - 11:31am

For sure sound like a good plan from the Myanmarfor government to boost tourism trough gambling, I don't see a reason why it wouldn't work.

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23 February 2018 - 2:05pm

Oh, it is a very surprising news.
There are 5~6 small casinos in the border areas, as far as I know. Probably those casinos have slots and a few of electronic tables only...

Actually there are coming more competitions for foreign players in other countries too...

I wonder how far they are planning about the casinos 🙂