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Macau visitation grows 9.4% in June The number of visitors to Macau grew 9.4% year-on-year to 2,602,853 in June, according to latest figures from the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC). It included a 7.2% increase in overnight visitors (1,445,431) and 12.4% increase in same-day visitors (1,157,422) with the average length of stay h...
Tuesday, 24 July 2018 05:26
Abandoned Macau racing greyhounds make global headlines The plight of more than 500 greyhounds left in need of a new home following the close of Macau’s dog racing track, the Canidrome, has gone global. News outlets around the world have been keeping track of latest developments, with the UK’s BBC producing the above video detailing the search for...
Monday, 23 July 2018 20:28

World Poker Tour announces inaugural Vietnam event The World Poker Tour (WPT) has announced the first ever WPT Vietnam, to be held at Pro Poker Club in Ho Chi Minh from 26 September to 4 October 2018. The new WPT Vietnam forms part of the tour’s expanded Asia-Pacific itinerary following the recently revealed WPT Japan and WPT Korea events and the...
Monday, 23 July 2018 06:30

Racing Australia cracks down on illegal offshore bookmakers Racing Australia, the regulatory body overseeing Australia’s racing industry, has announced strict new rules aimed at combatting illegal offshore betting operators that could see computers and mobile phones seized from local owners and trainers. According to a report in The Sydney Morning Herald,...
Monday, 23 July 2018 06:14

PAGCOR denies accusations it underpaid tax, overpaid executives Philippines gaming regulator PAGCOR has hit back at claims it granted excessive rewards and allowances to its executive staff while underpaying taxes, insisting it no longer embarks on certain practices and is entitled to determine its own allowances. The Commission on Audit released its annual aud...
Monday, 23 July 2018 05:50

Weekend poll shows 65% of locals still oppose Japan IR bill A poll conducted by Kyodo News over the weekend following passage of the IR Implementation Bill through the Japanese Diet on Friday found that almost 65% of respondents remain opposed to its enactment. According to the telephone poll, 64.8% of people questioned said they opposed passage of the bill...
Sunday, 22 July 2018 18:59

Race for Japan starts in earnest as IR Implementation Bill enacted into law The race to win one of three licenses to develop and operate a Japanese integrated resort is about to begin in earnest after the Diet enacted the long-awaited IR Implementation Bill on Friday. Passage of the IR bill comes almost 20 years since the idea of legalizing casinos in Japan was first moote...
Sunday, 22 July 2018 18:37

AGTech wins two more bids for China Sports Lottery AGTech Holdings Limited has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Beijing AGTech GOT Technology Co., Ltd. (GOT), has won two more lottery hardware bids for China Sports Lottery in Zhejiang Province and Jilin Province, bringing the total number of successful bids for GOT in 2018 to 10 followin...
Friday, 20 July 2018 06:26

Grand Lisboa Palace to open in stages, SJM boss reveals Grand Lisboa Palace, the HK$36 billion (US$4.6 billion) integrated resort currently being built in Cotai by SJM Holdings, will be opened in stages as the company races the clock to have the property ready before 2020. The project update was delivered by SJM Vice-Chairman, Executive Director and CEO...
Friday, 20 July 2018 06:17

Japan’s IR bill likely to become law today after passing Cabinet Committee Japan’s IR Implementation Bill is expected to finally become law today after passing one last hurdle on Thursday. The IR bill, which allows for the development of Japan’s first integrated resorts in three yet-to-be-specified locations, passed through the Cabinet Committee of the House of Council...
Thursday, 19 July 2018 23:58

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Macau’s GGR on track to exceed August expectations

Macau’s GGR on track to exceed August expectations Strong summer seasonality has prompted a better than expected start to the month for Macau’s gaming operators, with August GGR tracking 8% higher than in July and 20% higher than the same month in 2017 according to brokerage Sanford C Bernstein. In a Monday note, analysts Vitaly Umansky, Zhen Gon... Tuesday, 14 August 2018 05:38

The Stars Group’s global expansion drives 34.8% revenue boost in 2Q18

The Stars Group’s global expansion drives 34.8% revenue boost in 2Q18 Online poker and gaming operator The Stars Group has reported a 34.8% increase in consolidated revenue to US$411.5 million for the three months to 30 June 2018, boosted by its recent push into the Australian sports betting scene via the acquisitions of CrownBet Holdings Pty Limited and William Hill ... Tuesday, 14 August 2018 05:37

Australasian Gaming Expo kicks off today

Australasian Gaming Expo kicks off today The 2018 Australasian Gaming Expo kicks off today, with more than 200 exhibitors from across the gaming industry gathering at Sydney’s International Convention Centre (ICC). This year’s exhibition represents the second year that AGE has been held at the spectacular new ICC, which opened in 2017... Tuesday, 14 August 2018 05:36

Singapore’s Wilson Lim wins biggest ever APPT Manila

Singapore’s Wilson Lim wins biggest ever APPT Manila Singapore’s Wilson Lim has won the biggest APPT Manila in history, overcoming a field of 1,364 main event players to claim the title and its Php12.97 million top prize. Lim also won a PSPC Platinum Pass, worth US$30,000, to the PokerStars Players Championship in the Bahamas in January. Incredibl... Tuesday, 14 August 2018 05:33

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OZ VIP: A new dawn

OZ VIP: A new dawn It has taken just 12 months for Australia’s VIP turnover to rebound following the arrests of 19 Crown Resorts employees in China in October 2016, but the balance of power between Australian operators has shifted dramatically in the process. By Ben Blaschke   Just 12 months after the release of... Sunday, 29 July 2018 22:32

Waiting for Garapan

Waiting for Garapan Imperial Pacific says it will miss another deadline for completing its Saipan casino hotel, and there’s no consensus on a completion date. Meanwhile, VIP roll and trade receivable numbers soar. By Muhammad Cohen   Imperial Pacific International continues to excel at manythings. Its monopoly ca... Sunday, 29 July 2018 22:27

License to thrill: How casino re-tendering will shape Macau’s future

License to thrill: How casino re-tendering will shape Macau’s future Professor Glenn McCartney takes a look at the impending Macau casino re-tendering process and why the government’s criteria for issuing licenses will shape the city’s tourism future. By Professor Glenn McCartney   Macau’s casino concession and sub-concession contracts will all end in a few... Sunday, 29 July 2018 22:21

Making live online gaming a reality

Making live online gaming a reality Latency has long been the ultimate challenge for online gaming operators in their quest to provide a quality product, but a new open framework technology could prove to be a game-changer. By Jaheer Abbas | Senior Director, SEA & India at Limelight Networks   It’s hard to imagine that onlin... Sunday, 29 July 2018 22:09