Tomakomai city’s hopes of reentering the Japan IR race have been dashed again as Governor Naomichi Suzuki made clear at a press conference that his earlier rejection of participating in the first round of licensing still stands.
Ankush Gera, founder and CEO of Junglee Games, talks with Asia Gaming Brief Managing Editor Sharon Singleton about the growth of the skill-based gaming market in industry in India, some of the regulatory and operating challenges and what’s driving growth.
The New Year has brought little reprieve to Macau’s gaming operators, with analysts scaling back their expectations for the first half of 2021 amidst new outbreaks of Covid-19 across the region.
Oshidori International Development has announced the appointment of Hakuhodo’s Keigo Nakatani as Chief Operating Officer, leading the firm’s effort to be selected as the operator partner for the prospective Huis Ten Bosch IR in Sasebo, Nagasaki.
As expected, both the Suncity Group and the Clairvest Group have filed their proposals to be selected as the IR operator partner of the Wakayama Prefectural Government.
The first person to declare their candidacy for the post of Yokohama mayor is the opposition city councilman Masataka Ota. As he declared his candidacy, he announced that ending the city’s IR bid would be his top priority that he would carry out on Day 1 of his tenure.
Bloomberry Resorts chief Enrique Razon is spearheading efforts to bring Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine to the Philippines, consolidating orders from the wealthy class, business organizations, and other interested parties.
The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) has turned over PHP6.1 million (US$128,000) to the Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFIDA), the government agency in-charge of developing and sustaining the fiber industry.
Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment has announced that it has priced its previously announced private offering of US$1.175 billion in aggregate principal amount of 8 percent, second priority senior secured notes due 2026, at an offering price of 100 percent of the principal amount. The offering is expected to occur on or about January 26.
Sega Sammy Holdings has reported that hundreds of its employees have applied for the firm’s voluntary retirement program and they will be leaving the company at the end of February.
The leadership of the Myanmar military-backed Karen State Border Guard Force has resigned en masse to protest the resignation of their leader Colonel Saw Chit Thu, who had been under pressure over the China-backed Shwe Kokko new city project, including casinos.
Hard Rock International said it has acquired the casino premise license from The Ritz Club in London, UK. This transaction will allow Hard Rock to seek out and establish a new casino premise in London, continuing Hard Rock’s expansion into major gateway cities around the world.
Genting Malaysia's U.K. unit has permanently closed its casino in Southport in Northwest England, with 38 staff facing redundancy. The group has already closed casinos in Margate, Torquay and Bristol and has reduced its workforce in London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Blackpool and Birmingham.
Macau's gross gambling revenue in the fourth quarter of 2020 was MOP22 billion ($2.75 billion), with mass market baccarat and slots making up about 65 percent of the total, according to quarterly figures released by the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau.
South Korean police say they believe they have located the bulk of the KRW14.56 billion ($13.3 million) missing from the Jeju Shinhwa World casino are are seeking three suspects.
Everi Holdings has announced that David Lucchese, its executive vice-president of sales, marketing, and digital, has been appointed President of AGEM (Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers).
Caesars Korea, a major IR development project in Incheon, may have its license canceled in March due to the long suspension of construction activities and the failure to meet various benchmarks and commitments.
For the first time in decades, the Democratic Party has gained control of the CNMI House of Representatives. Appointed to head the House Committee on Gaming is Representative Edwin Propst, a known critic of Imperial Pacific International.
G2E Asia said it is postponing its show in Macau until August 17-19 from its regular May slot due to Covid-19. The exhibition will take place in the Venetian.
Sportradar said it has entered a partnership with the Asian Football Confederation to become the official video and data distribution partner for national team and club competitions.
Melco Resorts & Entertainment's earnings outlook for 2021 remains sluggish due to the ongoing pandemic and movement restrictions, while its corporate debt is rising due to expansion plans, Moody's Investor Services says.
Macau's Gaming Service Index improved by 17 points to 130 in the fourth quarter of 2020, with the survey finding staff were smiling more, up 41 points. The survey is compiled by the Macau Gaming Research Association.
Macau's Judiciary Police has announced that it has indicted four local residents for fraud over the sale of HK$1.47 million (US$189,790) in fake VIP gaming chips to two businessmen, while a fifth suspect remains at large.
Recent changes to Kazakhstan’s sports betting law are likely to fuel black market gambling and slash tax revenue for the government, experts say.
China’s threat to draw up a blacklist of countries targeting gambling is most likely directed at the online industry, though may be enough to deter some travellers even if the government doesn’t follow through with its action.
Through government action and a cultural norm of wearing face masks when ill, Cambodia has seen few get sick during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the World Health Organization, Cambodia has 275 COVID cases and zero COVID-related deaths as of the last week of September.