A free gambling zone on the Thaungyin RiverChan Thar, Myanmar Times · March 18, 2018 at 9:00 pmDaytime in Myawady city near the Thai border in Kayin State is crowded with trucks and travellers to Thailand, but after 6pm, its streets become less congested.The darkness that descends on the city is broken only by the light provided by generators. Small shops start packing up their remaining stock. In the silent and cool night, the liveliest places in Myawady are casinos.I reached the famous Three Nines Casino in Myawady in early February. At the gate, guards with weapons stopped the car.“Are you playing at the casino?” they asked.When a young guy who accompanied me nodded, they let the car pass. After a few minutes, we arrived at a brightly lit place that looked like a restaurant or hotel. Its parking lot had hundreds of cars.