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Morpheus, Macau

Moody’s sees slow 2021 start for Melco, rising debt

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.
Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi

Mayoral election now key to Yokohama IR development

When Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi announced at a press conference three months ago that she would respect the outcome of any popular referendum on IR development, we took her at her word.
Ramona Manglona

Arrest of IPI executives may be on the cards

District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona Manglona is getting tougher with senior executives of Imperial Pacific International, warning that unless Chairwoman Cui Li Jie and former Chief Executive Officer Donald Browne show up in her court on the morning of January 21, she may issue arrest warrants against them.
Covid-19 precautions in Macau casinos

Macau operators to benefit from cost cuts, business mix in Q4

Lower operating costs and a better business mix are likely to have helped the bottom line of Macau’s operators in the fourth quarter, despite continued low revenues, Morgan Stanley says.
AGB podcast with Chris Rogers

Chris Rogers on the silent victim of Covid-19 [Podcast]

Chris Rogers, a long-time gaming executive who has started focusing his time on environmental sustainability speaks to Asia Gaming Brief Asia Editor about his...
Ocean's Eleven

Landing Jeju casino theft becomes major media story

It may not precisely be Ocean’s Eleven, but the theft from the casino at Landing International Development’s Jeju Shinhwa World has nevertheless captured the imagination of both the Korean domestic and the international news media.
Sheldon Adelson

Casino visionary Adelson dies

Sheldon Adelson, whose vision for gaming in Asia helped reshape the skylines of both Macau and Singapore, has died at age 87 following complications for the treatment of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. 
Philippines supreme courts

POGOs win tax stay, though uncertainty remains high

Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) have won a reprieve from a punishing franchise tax, which may stop the exodus from the country, but uncertainty over business conditions remains high, industry insiders say.
mobile trends

Mobile trends to watch out for in 2021

2020 was the year that changed the game. Locked in their homes hoping for the pandemic to blow over, consumers spent more time and...
Wakayama IR Zone Map

Wakayama maintains plan to open IR in spring 2026

The Wakayama Prefectural Government published its IR implementation plan last Thursday, maintaining its optimistic view that it can open an IR by the spring of 2026.
Life After Pogos

Life After POGOs – AGB Dossier

This Dossier results from the “Life After POGOs” editorial project by Asia Gaming Brief which culminated with a pop-up digital forum on 9th December to discuss potentials ramifications in the industry.

Australian market report: How to adapt to the new normal

Covid-19 forced the rapid and unexpected closure of venues across Australia, changing the operating environment with unprecedented speed and leaving managers scrambling to adapt...

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HK police arrest 16 in raid on VIP gambling operation

Hong Kong police have arrested 16 people who were running a VIP gambling den, which was believed to have been turning over as much as HK$10 million ($1.28 million) a day. 

Yokohama mayor argues IR needed to secure tax revenue

Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi continues her appeal to local residents to support IR development, arguing that it is a “powerful means” to secure needed tax revenues for social costs and more.

Malaysian government ups special lottery draws to 22

The Malaysian government has reinstated the number of special lottery draws that can be carried out each year to 22, up from eight last year, to raise extra revenue following the pandemic.

Focused on gaming

SUZOHAPP announced the separation of its gaming and amusement business from its cash handling business, effective immediately.  The new cash handling business will be called PayComplete. SUZOHAPP will focus solely on its core gaming, amusement, and sports betting business. 
luxury spa

Covid brings wellness travel into focus

The consensus view is there is still pent up demand for travel amongst Mainland Chinese and disposable income to do so, however, there are subtle changes in travel preferences that Asia’s operators would do well to take note of.

IPI employees receive six weeks of back pay

Employees of Imperial Pacific International in Saipan have received six weeks of back pay that they had been owed, partially alleviating the crisis and clearing the way for the company to resume the construction of its facility ordered to halt by the court.