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article DGOJ adds venue requirements to Spain’s lockdown easing (5/26/2020)
(Spain) -- Spain’s DGOJ has issued new guidance related to gambling venues reopening their business premises. Since mid-May, Spain’s federal council has...
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Gambling Expansion

article Gambling legalization could save Brazil from its financial crisis (5/26/2020)
(Brazil) -- Brazilian Deputy Bacelar, who is also coordinator of the Mixed Parliamentary Front for the approval of the country’s Gambling Regulatory Framework, has...
article Brazil’s casino prospects may have just gotten a boost (5/20/2020)
(Brazil) -- Brazil is suffering because of the coronavirus pandemic just like everyone else. This has led to increased efforts to legalize casinos in the country as a...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Macau Gaming

article Macao casino owner Stanley Ho dies at 98 (5/26/2020)
(Macau) -- Casino tycoon Stanley Ho, whose business empire dominated the Portuguese gambling enclave of Macao for decades, has died in Hong Kong at age 98. Considered...
article Macau’s last governor recalls Stanley Ho as a “friend of Portugal and of the Portuguese” (5/26/2020)
(Macau) -- Macau’s last governor before the 1999 handover, Vasco Rocha Vieira, said today (Tuesday) that the world lost, with the death of businessman Stanley Ho,...
article Stanley Ho, flamboyant ‘godfather’ of Macau casinos, dies aged 98 (5/26/2020)
(Hong Kong) -- Stanley Ho, the flamboyant and charismatic godfather of gambling in Macau, who steered gaming in the autonomous Chinese region to eclipse Las Vegas, has...
article VIDEO: Macau Casino Tycoon Stanley Ho Dies at 98 (5/26/2020)
(Macau) -- Stanley Ho, who built a casino empire in Macau that made the Chinese island the world’s biggest gambling hub, has died at age 98.
article Casino cities embrace online play or lose out: experts (5/25/2020)
(Macau) -- The coronavirus pandemic has been touted in some quarters as an opportunity for bricks and mortar casino operators and their host jurisdictions to re-examine...
article Stanley Ho, patriarch of Asia’s largest casino empire, dies at 98 (5/25/2020)
(Hong Kong) -- Stanley Ho Hung-sun, the patriarch of Asia’s largest casino empire for half a century and a man whose very name is synonymous with Macau’s...
article Hong Kong turmoil hits casino stocks (5/22/2020)
(Hong Kong) -- Macau casino stocks trade lower amid heightened tensions in Hong Kong between pro-democracy legislators and Beijing.
article Commission Against Corruption says complaints of “irregular acts” by Macau gaming and hotel operators on the rise (5/21/2020)
(Macau) -- Macau’s Commission Against Corruption (CCAC) noted in its 2019 annual working report that it had received an increasing number of complaints and tip-...
article Macau 1Q20 visitor spending down 70.4% on COVID-19 impa (5/21/2020)
(Macau) -- Visitor spending in Macau declined by 70.4% to an estimated MOP$5.01 billion (US$628 million) in 1Q20, impacted by the massive decline in visitation due to...
article Macau Sees Almost 100 Percent Fewer Visitors in April, But Reason for Optimism (5/21/2020)
(Macau) -- The number of Macau visitor arrivals last month was down nearly 100 percent, as the world’s richest gambling hub remains relatively closed to...
article Judiciary police holds meeting with gaming operators to strengthen casino security ahead of border opening, storm season (5/20/2020)
(Macau) -- The Judiciary Police (PJ) has held a meeting with Macau’s six gaming concessionaires to discuss the enhancement of security at casinos and hotels and...
article Macau Health authorities confirm no immediate schedule for easing border controls (5/19/2020)
(Macau) -- Progress on the potential easing of border controls between Macau and Guangdong Province has stalled this week, with Macau unable to offer any guarantees on...
article Macau sees 69% fall in visitors from mainland China in 1Q20 (5/19/2020)
(Macau) -- The number of visitors arriving in Macau from mainland China fell 69.2% year-on-year to 2.29 million in the first quarter, according to statistics published...
article Adriano Ho confirmed to take over as Director of Macau’s gaming regulator on 10 June (5/18/2020)
(Macau) -- Adriano Ho will replace Paulo Martins Chan as Director of Macau’s Gaming of Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ) on 10 June, the Secretary for...
article Macau Virus Count: 1 active case as Health Bureau insists no schedule for extension of virus test groups (5/18/2020)
(Macau) -- The Health Bureau says it has no immediate plans to extend the number of groups qualified for COVID-19 testing, suggesting that current border controls...
article Macau’s border re-opening plans stall (5/18/2020)
(Macau) -- The government of Macau cannot sign off on any of the border re-opening timeframes for the Greater Bay Area. The Health Bureau stated it is experiencing...
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Malta Gaming

article BetConstruct’s Virtual Sports receives MGA approval (5/26/2020)
(Malta) -- The online gaming and sports betting provider secures an approval for its in-house developed virtual sports games under the MGA’s Type 1 licence.
article Snooker governing body signs data agreement with MGA (5/20/2020)
(Malta) -- The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) and the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) have created a new data sharing agreement as part of...
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UK Gambling

article Online casino plied 25-year-old with a £400 booster just hours before he took his own life (5/26/2020)
(UK) -- A high-flying engineer killed himself hours after an online casino ‘groomed’ him with £400 in cash bonuses. Gambling addict Chris Bruney, 25,...
article Media rights from betting shops key factor in survival of Irish racetracks (5/22/2020)
(Ireland) -- Media rights and the potential reopening in July of betting shops in Britain are emerging as key factors in the survival of Ireland’s 26 racetracks...
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Australia Gaming

article More than the Melbourne Cup: How Australian punters spent $454 EACH on online gambling during lockdown (5/24/2020)
(Australia) -- A COVID-19 ban on poker machines is pushing bored problem gamblers towards online gaming sites like it's Melbourne Cup month. New data from the Finder...
article Digital on the rise but land-based COVID struggle sees Aristocrat profit fall 12.8% in 1H20 (5/21/2020)
(Australia) -- Australian slot machine giant Aristocrat Leisure Limited reported a 12.8% decline in net profit after tax and before amortization to AU$368.1 million and...
article Aristocrat prices US$500 million new debt under Term Loan B facility (5/18/2020)
(Australia) -- Australian slot machine giant Aristocrat Leisure Limited has priced a new US$500 million Term Loan B facility, maturing in October 2024, as it looks to...
article Silver Heritage Group enters voluntary administration (5/18/2020)
(Australia) -- Silver Heritage Group, the Australian-listed gaming investor operating two casinos in Nepal, has entered voluntary administration. The company announced...
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Japan Gaming

article Japan's top prosecutor quits as he fails to socially distance at gambling (5/24/2020)
(Japan) -- Tokyo’s top prosecutor has resigned after he was caught gambling during Japan’s nationwide coronavirus state of emergency. Hiromu Kurokawa, chief...
article Japan dailies apologize over gambling scandal linked to prosecutor (5/23/2020)
(Japan) -- Two major Japanese dailies admitted Friday that some of their employees had played mahjong for money and apologized to the public over a gambling scandal that...
article Head of Tokyo High Public Prosecutors Office alleged to have gambled illegally during state of emergency (5/21/2020)
(Japan) -- Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner Komeito have called for the resignation of Tokyo High Public Prosecutors Office head...
article Tokyo's Top Prosecutor Quits Over Gambling Scandal (5/21/2020)
(Japan) -- The chief of the Tokyo prosecutors' office has submitted his resignation after being accused of gambling during the coronavirus lockdown, Japanese media...
article Japan on Course with IR Casino Bill (5/20/2020)
(Japan) -- All over the world, more and more countries are becoming aware of the increasing growth of the gambling industry both in terms of brick and mortar...
article Top Tokyo Prosecutor Kurokawa Hit by Gambling Scandal, Urged to Resign (5/20/2020)
(Japan) -- Tokyo High Public Prosecutors Office head Hiromu Kurokawa faced a weekly magazine allegation on Wednesday that he played mahjong for money earlier this month...
article Aichi uncovers illegal gambling, arresting 23 on suspicion of betting on baccarat (5/19/2020)
(Japan) -- Aichi prefecture police raided an illegal casino called “Q” in Nagoya city on suspicion of operating a gambling venue for profit. A total of 23 staff and...
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Mohegan Sun

article Casino developers for old Athens airport seek $100 million loan to keep projects viable (5/24/2020)
(Greece) -- The successful bidder for the casino complex that is planned to be part of the $8billion development of the old Hellenikon International Airport site near...
article Hellenikon Casino Bidder Mohegan Seeking $100 Million Loan (5/21/2020)
(Greece) -- Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment (MG&E), the only bidder left for a casino for the long-stalled 8-billion euro ($8.78 billion) development of the...
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Singapore Gaming

article Singapore casinos will stay closed as 75% of economy reopens (5/22/2020)
(Singapore) -- Singapore is looking to get back to business, but not for everyone. As the city-state continues to see new COVID-19 cases, the government has declared...
article Singapore casinos to remain shut beyond June 1: CRA (5/21/2020)
(Singapore) -- The gaming venues of Singapore’s two casino resorts are to remain shut beyond June 1, the city-state’s Casino Regulatory Authority (CRA)...
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South Korea Gaming

article Kangwon Land casino to get more tables, longer hours after lengthy shutdown (5/22/2020)
(South Korea) -- Korea’s largest casino Kangwon Land has been granted more gaming tables and longer operating hours following its recent reopening after a long...
article Kangwon Land granted extended opening hours and more gaming tables following COVID-19 closure (5/19/2020)
(South Korea) -- South Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has informed Kangwon Land Co Ltd that it will be granted permission to extend its operating...
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Sports Betting

article Stats Perform backs IBIA call for global betting standard, says bet manipulation ‘harms industry’ (5/22/2020)
(Worldwide) -- The International Betting Integrity Association is calling for all companies operating in the sports betting data supply chain to develop a set of global...
article Here Are All The Crazy Things People Are Betting On In The Absence Of Live Sports (5/21/2020)
(Worldwide) -- With most live sports suspended during the coronavirus pandemic, online gamblers have turned to different contests like Russian table tennis and Korean...
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Philippines Gaming

article POGOs contributing US$1.87 billion to Philippine economy annually, says industry group (5/20/2020)
(Philippines) -- Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) are contributing around Php94.7 billion (US$1.87 billion) to the local economy, and could reach as high as...
article PAGCOR issues warning to “NOGOs” after 265 Chinese nationals arrested for running illegal Manila POGO (5/18/2020)
(Philippines) -- Philippines gaming regulator PAGCOR has applauded a joint police operation that saw 265 Chinese nationals arrested in Manila on Thursday night for...
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William Hill

article William Hill and GVC expected to claim back £350m in FOBT tax (5/20/2020)
(UK) -- William Hill and GVC are expected to reclaim up to £350m from HMRC after bookmakers and casinos won a £1bn legal battle over tax paid on fixed-odds...
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Crown Ltd

article Melco Resorts chartered plane to fly home some of its Philippine workers stuck in Macau (5/19/2020)
(Macau) -- Melco Resorts & Entertainment has chartered a special flight from Macau to Manila in order to transport some of its Philippines workers back to their...
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International Game Technology

article IGT looking to make COVID-19 cost savings permanent after falling to US$248 million loss in 1Q20 (5/19/2020)
(Worldwide) -- International Game Technology (IGT) CEO Marco Sala says the company will look to make some of its cost-saving measures during the ongoing COVID-19...
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Sands Corp.

article Sands Macao gives boxed lunches to taxi drivers to celebrate 16 years (5/19/2020)
(Macau) -- Sands Macao provided complimentary boxed lunches to Macau taxi drivers on Monday as part of celebrations for the property’s 16th anniversary.
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Sports Leagues

article Can anything be done to stop the rise and rise of gambling company sponsorship in sport? (5/19/2020)
(UK) -- In football, anyone remember the Watney Cup? The pre-season tournament - sponsored by brewers Watney Mann - lasted for four years in the early 1970s, and was...
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DraftKings

article Betting on Korean Baseball Showcases DraftKings Bull’s Optimism (5/18/2020)
(Wall Street) -- DraftKings Inc.’s ability to fuel Americans’ sports betting needs by providing an arena to gamble on Korea’s KBO League and eSports...
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Other News

article Stanley Ho, Who Turned Macau Into a Global Gambling Hub, Dies at 98 (5/26/2020)
(Macau) -- Stanley Ho, the opportunistic casino tycoon who led the transformation of the tiny territory of Macau off the coast of China into the world’s most lucrative...
article Regulation round-up: Italy's tax increase, sports betting exempt from Swedish restrictions (5/26/2020)
(Worldwide) -- The Italian Government has approved a temporary tax on sports betting turnover, as the nation attempts to recover from the coronavirus outbreak. The...
article Stanley Ho, ‘King of Gambling’ Who Built Macau, Dies at 98 (5/26/2020)
(Macau) -- Stanley Ho, a onetime kerosene trader who built a casino empire in Macau that propelled the Chinese island past Las Vegas as the world’s biggest gambling hub...
article CNMI casino threatens to close permanently (5/25/2020)
(Mariana Islands) -- The owner of a major casino hotel development in the Northern Marianas says it will permanently shut down if forced to pay a more than $US5.6...
article Aristocrat agrees to $47m payout to settle smartphone game lawsuits (5/24/2020)
(Australia) -- Australian poker machine manufacturer Aristocrat Leisure has agreed to pay $US31 million ($47 million) to US customers who lost money playing with "...
article Israeli firms need not apply for Casino du Liban online casino tech partner search (5/24/2020)
(Lebanon) -- Lebanon’s only casino operator says it’s looking for an online gambling technology partner, with a preference for mid-tier company that won...
article In search of Myanmar’s billion-dollar meth lab (5/23/2020)
(Myanmar) -- Mist rises over the Mekong River. My fire has almost burned out and I’m curled into a ball on the wet sand, freezing. I barely slept. My travel...
article Last chance to self-nominate for Global Gaming Awards Las Vegas 2020 (5/19/2020)
(Worldwide) -- This week is the last chance for gaming companies to self-nominate for the Global Gaming Awards Las Vegas 2020. The deadline for self-nomination is the...
article TCSJohnHuxley releases chip sanitizer to launch new casino “Care & Protect” range (5/18/2020)
(UK) -- UK-based gaming product developer TCSJohnHuxley has revealed the launch of a new chip sanitizer, the first product in its “Care & Protect” range...
article Bundesliga return welcome boost for operators but 'perfect Saturday' still way off (5/18/2020)
(Germany) -- The German Bundesliga was the first major football league in the world to return from suspension this weekend, although while football is back, it’s not as...
article Aristocrat strengthens liquidity with new US$500mln loan (5/17/2020)
(Australia) -- Casino slot machine maker and digital casino games provider Aristocrat Leisure Ltd says it has priced a new US$500-million term-loan B facility, that will...
article Gauselmann calls for other states to outline their reopening plans (5/17/2020)
(Germany) -- Germany’s Gauselmann Group has welcomed the reopening of its slot venues in North Rhine-Westphalia but has called for other German states to follow...
article How COVID-19 affected Norwegian Gambling Market (5/17/2020)
(Norway) -- Long before the worldwide pandemic of COVID-19 Norwegians had a passion for online gambling. They have enjoyed both online casinos and sports betting. The...
article Hong Kong tycoon Stanley Ho's daughter mounts legal action over family trusts (5/16/2020)
(Hong Kong) -- A rift has surfaced among gaming magnate Stanley Ho Hung-sun’s next of kin over his two family trusts. Deborah Ho, a daughter of the tycoon’s deceased...
article Blockbuster return of racing planned with Guineas scheduled for start of June (5/13/2020)
(UK) -- British racing is planning for a blockbuster return as the first two Classics of the season remain scheduled for the first weekend in June within the latest...
article Danish gamblers not shifting their pandemic action online (5/13/2020)
(Europe) -- Denmark’s gamblers aren’t shifting their action online despite the mass closure of retail gambling options, while Spain’s government says...
article Cyprus flags ‘discrepancies’ in sports betting ops’ tax filings (5/12/2020)
(Cyprus) -- Cyprus-licensed online sports betting operators appear to be dodging their tax obligations, according to the country’s national auditor. On Tuesday,...
article Macau govt expects US$6.3bln in 2020 gaming tax (5/11/2020)
(Macau) -- The Macau government is now expecting to collect nearly MOP49.98 billion (US$6.26 billion) in taxes from the city’s gaming industry this year, according to a...
article Vietnam casino resort Corona reopens after virus alert (5/11/2020)
(Vietnam) -- Corona Resort and Casino (pictured in a file photo) – a gaming complex located on Vietnam’s Phu Quoc island – has announced on its official website that...
article Vietnam casino resort Corona reopens after virus alert (5/10/2020)
(Vietnam) -- Corona Resort and Casino – a gaming complex located on Vietnam’s Phu Quoc island – has announced on its official website that operations...

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