SkyCity has moved a step closer to being able to expand its gaming operations after a bill on allowing more gaming in exchange for building a $400 million convention centre in Auckland passed its second reading in parliament, local media reported. SkyCity stands to get an extra 230 pokie machines and 40 more gaming tables, as well as having its gambling license extended for 35 years. The bill still has to pass its committee and third reading stages before it becomes law. The Government expects construction to start early next year. The bill had faced opposition from the Green Party which put forward 10 amendments seeking to curb potential problem gambling.
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Singapore police have busted at least two illegal gambling operations in the past week, while across Asia authorities have moved to stamp out illicit activities, from raids on premier league matches in India, to illegal number forecasting in Malaysia.
The Puducherry union territory government has urged the union government to ban online gaming platforms and mobile apps, describing it as a necessity to protect the mental health of vulnerable people.
The next edition of the AGB Webinar Series will look at the future of iGaming customer acquisition and retention, which has been going through a transition period over the last year.