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Vietnamese Gambling Laws

Casino gambling and lottery gambling are legal in Vietnam. At the moment, sports betting is not legal, though Vietnamese officials are inching closer to legalizing sports books in their country. Some officials believe it is only a matter of time before Viet Nam passes sports betting laws.

Casinos in Vietnam

Halong Casino (Ha Long City) - Ha Long City Casino offers 70 gaming tables and 18 gaming tables. The games offered at Halong Casino include Blackjack, American Roulette, 3 Card Poker, Pai Gow Poker, Baccarat, Sic Bo and Tai Sai. The contact numbers for Ha Long Casino are +84 33 84 66 58 or +84 33 84 88 88. To visit the Halong Casino web address, visit www.royal-gaming.com.

Do Son Casino (Hai Phong) - DoSon Casino has 100 slot machines and video poker machines, as well as 7 gaming tables. The games offered at Do Son Casino include Blackjack, Baccarat and Roulette. Do Son Casino is open 24 hours per day, and also acts as a hotel. The phone number at Do Son Casino is +84 31 86 18 88.

Lao Cai International Casino (Lao Cai City) - Loa Cao Casino is located at 88 Thuy Hoa Street in Lao Cai City. Loa Cai International Casino and Hotel offer 200 gaming machines. Call Loa Cai Casino at +84 20 82 66 68.

The Hai Ninh Loi Lai (Loi Lai) - Hai Ninh LoiLai Casino is found in Loi lai, Vietnam, in the Quang Ninh province. The Hai Nihn Loa Lai Casino is found inside a hotel of the same name.

Online Gambling in Vietnam

While I know of no online casinos based in Viet Nam, I do know of one casino which caters to Vietnamese online gamblers. This would be the Asia Casino Games, which is owned by Action Poker Gaming Enterprises out of Las Sabana, Costa Rica.

Asia Casino Games is both a casino and poker room and it licensed by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission out of Canada. AsiaCasinoGames uses English as its primary language, but a secondary URL for the site is www.asiacasinogames.com/vietnam/indexv.html.

Sports Betting in Viet Nam

Vietnamese lawmakers have gone back and forth on the idea of legalizing sports betting. At present, sports wagers are illegal in Vietnam, but a top official as recently as 2006 said he believed the country would legalize sports gambling.

The Vietnam Legislature came close to passing regulations late in 2006, but the motion was put on hold. It appears that Vietnamese would love to place wagers on football matches, but the controversial subject has not yet met the threshold needed to become legal.

Lottery in Vietnam

The Vietnam lottery is estimated to equal about 2.5% of Vietnam's Gross Domestic Product every year. The government would like to increase that percentage to around 4 or 4.5 percent in the coming years. Like the sports betting, government officials call for greater regulation, to maximize the revenues the Viet Nam government can rake in.

Vietnamese officials are quick to shut down illegal lotteries, which are known to exist. In fact, members of an illegal lottery ring in Can Tho City were sentenced to prison sentences in early 2008.

Vietnam Information

Most Americans are fairly familiar with Vietnam's history involving the Vietnam War, but few are aware of more recent developments in Viet Nam.

After the communists took control of South Vietnam in 1975 and united the country, the government in Hanoi began massive collectivization projects in the agricultural and industrial sectors. Government officials proved fairly corrupt and inefficient in how they administered the new policies, while Vietnam itself was ravaged by the previous 30 years of war. Furthermore, a trade embargo by the United States and Western Europe slowed Vietnamese economic recovery.

In 1978, the Vietnamese Army invaded Cambodia, which itself was controlled by a Communist Party, the Khmer Rouge. The Khmer Rouge, led by Pol Pot, was in the process of killing well over a million of its own citizens, and the Vietnamese intervened to stem the flow of refugees to their own beleagured country. This led to the removal of Pol Pot from power.

The Khmer Rouge were allies and clients of Communist China, which responded by a 1979 incursion into the north of Vietnam. This proved a military debacle for the Chinese, though the 1979 "war" was a short-lived episode. This underscored a fact that was not much recognized in the time of the Vietnam War, the Vietnamese and the Chinese had been enemies for around a thousand years.

The Vietnamese border conflicts also showed the fractures in the so-called Communist Bloc, as the communist-led Soviet Union and Vietnam sided against communist-led China and Cambodia. The Western embargo and the Cambodia conflict further drove the Vietnamese into Soviet dependence.

When the Soviet Union began to falter in the late 1980's, the Vietnamese government knew it had to shift away from collectivization. Taking a page from the Chinese, Vietnam began to privatize industries and agriculture.

In the years since these reforms were made, Vietnam has seen tremendous growth, so much so that it is currently ranked as the world's second fastest growing economy. With the reopening of trade with the United States and Europe, Vietnam is receiving large investment interest from the West. Poverty percentages are lower in Vietnam than in many of the other growing economies in Asia, such as China and India.

Vietnam is now a member of the World Trade Organization, and the United States and Japan are two of its chief trading partners these days.

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