A casino in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, is accused of beating eight Chinese gamblers suspected by casino management of cheating.
According to several reports in mainland Chinese and local Cambodian media, staff at the unnamed casino took the law into their own hands in the western Cambodian town, which has quickly grown into a Chinese casino hub in the space of just few years.
The eight gamblers — four men and four women — were reportedly separately called into a back room at the casino on April 3, where they were held for up to ten hours and savagely beaten. The gamblers were told they would only be allowed to leave to go to the hospital once they had signed a document admitting to fraud.
The eight gamblers had won amounts ranging from a few thousand dollars, to more than $20,000, according to reports.
One of the eight told Chinese media that he and his wife were in Cambodia on vacation and had taken the opportunity to play a few hands at the casino. Betting roughly $100 to $200 per hand, they had won around $1,000, when at about 4am the man’s wife was called into casino office on the second floor.
When she failed to reappear, he went to look for her and found her being physically assaulted by a group of men. They asked him who he was in Chinese and, when he replied he was the woman’s husband, he was too was detained and beaten.