Chamkar Mon district police on Wednesday detained 13 people during a crackdown on an entertainment centre illegally offering gambling on Koh Pich.
The operation, led by district Governor Theng Sothol, was carried out at about 5pm at the Diamond Cartoon World in Tonle Bassac commune, which was later shuttered.
Sun Sithy, district administration spokesman, yesterday said that the 13 gamers were freed after signing an agreement not to repeat the offence and nine arcade machines offering the fishing joy gambling game were seized.
He noted that the machines are being kept at the District Hall pending destruction.
“I don’t know when the nine arcade machines will be destroyed or who owns the Diamond Cartoon World,” he said. “We will crack down on centres illegally offering gambling games if we come across any.”
Mr Sothol on Wednesday warned that the authorities are continuing crackdowns against illegal gambling activities, especially the fishing game which is popular among students.
He said that the game is addictive and makes students forget about their studies, noting that some of those who lose money resort to committing crimes in order to make more.
Phnom Penh Governor Khuong Sreng recently urged authorities to crack down on all kinds of illegal gambling activities in the capital.
“In Phnom Penh, illegal gambling is a hot-button issue that needs to be tackled,” he said. “We must jointly work to prevent it.”