LUN 10 DE AGOSTO DE 2020 - 08:47hs.
In Phu Quoc island

Finally, Vietnam will open its first casino this Saturday

The Corona Casino in Phu Quoc island is scheduled to open for business on Saturday becoming the first in Vietnam to admit locals onto the floor under a three-year pilot scheme. The casino is being managed by Netherlands-based Upffinity Gaming Management, which signed an exclusive management accord in May 2017.

The casino forms part of the Corona Integrated Resort which includes a Radisson Blue hotel, a Vin Oasis hotel, a Safari and Amusement park, convention center, theater and shopping experience.

According to the corporate presentation, the casino includes a total of 100 gaming tables, offering eight kinds of games such as baccarat, roulette, blackjack, sic bo and several forms of poker. It also has 1,000 slot machines, and close to 1,000 electronic gaming machines and similar.

Corona Resort and Casino is reportedly one of the two first properties in Vietnam to be allowed by the government to offer gambling to economically-qualified locals, under a long-flagged three-year trial scheme. The other is expected to be located in Northern Vietnam at Van Don.

The opening and pre-opening was managed by Peter Keijzer, former general manager of Holland Casino in Amsterdam, the biggest in the Netherlands.

The Van Don project is reportedly being developed by Vietnam’s Sun Group. It is located in a remote area around 160 kilometres east of Hanoi.

Vietnamese customers must be older than 21 and have a monthly income of at least VND10 million; they also need to pay an entry levy in order to gain access to casino floors.

Only casino resorts with a total capital investment of at least US$2 billion – including gaming and non-gaming facilities – are eligible to welcome Vietnamese to gamble.

Source: GMB