Poker rooms open & poker rooms close in Sihanoukville, all players living in Sihanoukville long enough all know this. So, is there any solid poker room running? Oriental Pearl might just be the one.
What does a typical game look like: a couple of Poker Texas Hold’Em tables running $1-$1 & $1-$2, a mixed crowd of serious and casual players, both western and Asian. Below is a photo taken live:
What about their dealers? The general level of dealers in Sihanoukville has greatly increased in the past 12-18 months and Oriental Pearl is no exception. Long gone are the days when Sihanoukville casinos only offered small games and hired sluggish dealers. While there is a visible difference at Oriental Pearl between the afternoon and evening/night dealers (do hit the tables in the evening for their creme de la creme dealers and deep-stack action), the management has done some great work and playing poker at Oriental Pearl provides you with a great and comfortable playing experience all throughout the day.
All poker rooms provide freebies and Oriental Pearl has some nice ones too: free beer, free coffee, free soft drinks, free fruit, free cigarettes. There is no free food although staff will help players order from a small selection of restaurants – perhaps time for a collaboration with a delivery service?
If you are looking to play some serious poker in Sihanoukville, Oriental Pearl is currently the best place to head to. There are again rumors of new poker rooms opening in Sihanoukville and we will try and keep you updated on this blog. But for now, it is time to buy-in at Oriental’!
What is happening in one of the nicest looking buildings on Serendipity Beach Road? Some great poker action of course! At La Vogue Boutique Hotel & Casino, 502 Serendipity Beach, the Vogue Poker Club game starts at 6 pm with 1-3 blinds and higher levels like 2-5, 5-10 and 10-20 starting after 8pm. Free food, international cuisine, free drinks including draft beer? Vogue Poker Club has got that too.
Intensive daily poker action seems to be taking place at Oriental Pearl Casino, Sihanoukville: daily $11 and weekly $35 tournaments; 1-1, 1-2, 2-5, 5-10 and 10-20 blinds cash games… Something for all poker players looking for good action in Sihanoukville, Cambodia?
Below is their current daily/weekly schedule and some photos taken at their poker room:
We last reported in a post end of April that the poker room which had been previously running at Yaduoli Casino had now moved to Kampong Som City Casino. Well, from what we hear, it looks like these new tables have now shut down! Oh no, that was quick!
According to the Facebook page which they run – “Sihanoukville Poker 西港德州扑克” public group, not to be confused with our official “Sihanoukville Poker” Facebook page – they now have moved to… Oriental Pearl Casino, where they are amongst others running their classic daily 1 pm tournament.
Oriental Pearl New 1pm Tournaments
Managing poker tables in Sihanoukville is not an easy endeavour and requires serious management, creative ideas and great relations with poker players. Too many poker teams have ignored this and failed. Oh well, the teams managing the poker tables at Oriental Pearl Casino seem to be solid and rocking some interesting game. We wish the ex-Kampong Som City Casinostaff more luck this time!
Bao Mai Casino is having its monthly poker tournament & pool party this Friday 15 June 2018 with a guaranteed lucky $888 prize pool. Some poker action and a fun pool party, sounds like a don’t-miss poker event to attend in Sihanoukville, Cambodia.
According to Macau-based Inside Asian Gaming, starting June 1 2018, online poker and the promotion of the game via all social media channels will be banned. For instance, any product which cites “Texas Hold’em” will be banned.
WeChat, WeiBo… numerous Sihanoukville poker rooms are using social media channels to promote their daily live cash games and tournaments. While the ban does not apply to Cambodia per se, it is going to be more difficult for operators to promote poker events because Chinese players won’t know about them.
One of Sihanoukville’s WeChat groups promoting poker
How will Sihanoukville poker rooms react? Following recents rumors that China’s Hainan island might eventually legalize gambling and casinos, this is yet another interesting twist of events for Sihanoukville poker rooms who have happily embraced the emergence of higher stakes Texas Hold’em cash games (1-2, 2-5, 10-20…) together with higher rake revenue, made possible by the increase of Chinese gamblers.
Some serious poker action goes down too at the Oriental Pearl Casino, Sihanoukville. Here are 2 photos taken just a few minutes ago. What do we have here? Some 1-2 Texas Hold’em Poker Cash Game and some 2-5 Texas Hold’em Poker Cash Game. Lots of players, lots of action and lots of spectators. Great!
1-2 Texas Hold’Em Poker Cash game at Oriental Pearl Casino, Sihanoukville
2-5 Texas Hold’Em Poker Cash game at Oriental Pearl Casino, Sihanoukville