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Loot Boxes

article 'You don't know if you're getting a suit of armour or a turnip' - debate over whether loot boxes are a form of gambling (1/17/2020)
(UK) -- ARE loot boxes, a popular part of many online games, a form of gambling? This was the question asked to a member of the Gambling Commission by a Bradford Council...
1 Article on this Issue

Macau Gaming

article Revenue from VIP gambling fell 19% in 2019, overtaken by mass segment (1/17/2020)
(Macau) -- Revenue from large-scale ‘VIP’ gambling in Macau last year totalled 135,2 billion patacas, down 18.6% from 2018, with the segment losing its...
article Macau casino VIP gambling revenue down 23% in Q419 (1/16/2020)
(Macau) -- Macau casinos continue to rely on their mass market gamblers to compensate for ongoing declines in VIP baccarat. Figures released Thursday by Macau’s...
article How Important Is Macau’s VIP Gaming For Wynn Resorts? (1/13/2020)
(Wall Street) -- Shares of Wynn Resorts (NASDAQ: WYNN) have been volatile for most of 2019 primarily due to the company’s high exposure to the Macau Gaming Market...
article MGM China flags bonus to staff, in two installments (1/12/2020)
(Macau) -- Macau casino operator MGM China Holdings Ltd announced on Monday that it would pay a “discretionary bonus” to eligible non-management employees....
article Study into Macau tourist tax feasibility shows industry groups strongly opposed (1/12/2020)
(Macau) -- A Feasibility Study into the possible introduction of a tourist tax for visitors to Macau has found strong opposition among industry groups, with around 80%...
article Bernstein Projects Eight Percent Macau Gaming Revenue Jump as VIPs Return (1/10/2020)
(Macau) -- Bernstein analysts are forecasting an eight percent increase for Macau gross gaming revenue (GGR) this year with the familiar caveat that a return to higher...
article Kidnappings lose favor in Macau thanks to increased police efforts (1/10/2020)
(Macau) -- Loansharking in Macau has been a blight on the landscape of an otherwise relatively clean picture, with a number of the illegal loans ending in kidnapping...
article Online Casino Scam in China Used Wynn Macau Brand to Lure Investors (1/10/2020)
(Macau) -- The Wynn Macau brand, the Wynn Resorts operating arm in the Chinese Special Administrative Region for three integrated casino resorts, has allegedly been used...
article The people in favor of visitor tax (1/10/2020)
(Macau) -- The people of Macau are overwhelmingly in favor of a tax on tourists, a feasibility study conducted by the Macau Government Tourism Office has revealed. The...
9 Total Articles on this Issue

UK Gambling

article Operators remove slot feature after Gambling Commission warning (1/17/2020)
(UK) -- Six online gambling operators offering buy-in options on their slot games have now removed the features from their sites, after being contacted by the Gambling...
article Betfred betting tycoons 'are making a fortune' from gambling addiction services paid for by taxpayers (1/16/2020)
(UK) -- The billionaire owners of BetFred are making millions from gambling addiction services paid for by taxpayers. Brothers Fred and Peter Done also own a company...
article Who are Fred and Peter Done, the brothers behind Betfred bookmakers? (1/16/2020)
(UK) -- The billionaire brothers have come a long way from their humble upbringing in Manchester. They grew up in what Peter Done has described as the “slums of...
article You won’t be able to use your credit card to gamble from April - here’s why (1/16/2020)
(UK) -- UK residents will be banned from using credit cards to gamble following an announcement from The Gambling Commission. The ban has been created in an effort to...
article First look inside Pier Nine - the new Brighton seafront casino (1/15/2020)
(UK) -- A casino has unveiled a new entertainment hub after transforming a former Art Deco cinema. The Grosvenor Casino in Grand Junction Road, Brighton, has been turned...
article Betting with credit cards to be banned from April (1/14/2020)
(UK) -- A ban on using credit cards to place bets will come into force in mid-April as part of a crackdown by the industry regulator to protect vulnerable gamblers. The...
article Bookies William Hill, Flutter and GVC see shares fall after gambling watchdog announces ban on betting with credit cards (1/14/2020)
(UK) -- Shares in betting firms fell this morning after the Gambling Commission announced a virtual ban on gambling with credit cards. William Hill, Paddy Power owner...
article Credit card gambling: 'It'll take me 10 years to pay off my debt' (1/14/2020)
(UK) -- Years of debt. No money to take a holiday. Mental health problems. These are just some of the issues affecting people who've gambled online using their...
article FA's controversial 'bet-to-view' deal under investigation by Gambling Commission (1/14/2020)
(UK) -- The Football Association’s controversial deal to allow betting firms to screen FA Cup matches on a so-called “bet-to-view” basis is being...
9 Total Articles on this Issue

Australia Gaming

article Crown inquiry begins in NSW as casino group battles shareholder class action (1/16/2020)
(Australia) -- The first of three inquiries into Crown Resorts and the conduct of its casino business kicks off on Tuesday in Sydney, when the former supreme court judge...
article Casino employee pleads guilty to scheme to steal $90,000 in gambling chips (1/15/2020)
(Australia) -- A former employee of The Star casino said a gambling addiction "made [him] do bad things" when he decided to participate in a scheme to steal...
article ACMA orders ISPs to block nine more gambling sites (1/12/2020)
(Australia) -- The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) on Monday ordered the nation's internet service providers (ISPs) to block an additional nine...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Bermuda Gaming

article Gaming executive candidate pulls out (1/16/2020)
(Bermuda) -- The island’s gambling watchdog will go back to the drawing board to find a replacement executive director after a candidate pulled out. The Bermuda...
1 Article on this Issue

Hard Rock

article Rejected Hard Rock Won’t Give Up Fight for Hellenikon Casino (1/16/2020)
(Greece) -- Hard Rock said it won’t accept a decision to reject its bid for a casino license at the long-stalled 8-billion-euro ($8.92 billion) development of the...
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Japan Gaming

article Osaka Prohibits Even Brief Meetings Between Government Workers, Casino Companies Amid Akimoto Scandal Cloud (1/16/2020)
(Japan) -- Lawmakers in Osaka are implementing a new policy barring meetings between city and prefecture workers and gaming company representatives in response to a...
article OP/ED: Japanese gov't should reconsider casino resort plan in light of bribery scandal (1/15/2020)
(Japan) -- House of Representatives legislator Tsukasa Akimoto was hit with another arrest warrant by special investigators at the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors...
article Indicted Japan lawmaker Akimoto took China trip run by gambling firm: source (1/14/2020)
(Japan) -- Suspicions are growing that the former Japanese government lead on casino resort policy took a December 2017 trip to China to cozy up to the same Chinese...
article Japanese lawmaker Akimoto to be re-arrested on further charges in 500.com bribery scandal (1/14/2020)
(Japan) -- Japanese House of Representatives member Tsukasa Akimoto is set to be served with a fresh arrest warrant by the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors’...
article Gambling addiction to be covered by Japan’s public health insurance (1/14/2020)
(Japan) -- Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare have indicated that gambling addictions will be covered by public health insurance from April of this year...
article Japanese lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto indicted and faces fresh bribe allegation in case linked to Chinese casino firm (1/13/2020)
(Japan) -- The lawmaker who spearheaded the country’s casino resort policy was indicted Tuesday on a bribery charge and served with a fresh arrest warrant for allegedly...
article Ex-adviser brought ¥20 mil in cash to Japan in casino scandal (1/12/2020)
(Japan) -- A former adviser to a Chinese gambling operator involved in an alleged casino-bribery scandal is suspected to have brought more than 20 million yen ($207,000...
article Three opposition parties form joint bid to abolish Japan’s IR Development Act and Promotion Act (1/12/2020)
(Japan) -- Amid the 500.com bribery scandal currently enveloping Japan’s IR industry, the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, Democratic Party for the People...
article Japan’s Casino Administration Committee holds inaugural meeting (1/12/2020)
(Japan) -- The Casino Administration Committee, Japan’s newly created regulatory body that will oversee the nation’s IRs, held its first meeting on Friday....
article Japan's Casino Regulatory Commission holds its first meeting amid bribery scandal (1/11/2020)
(Japan) -- The government’s Casino Regulatory Commission held its first meeting Friday against the backdrop of a high-profile bribery scandal related to so-called...
article Over 70% want gov't to review casino plans amid bribery scandal: Kyodo poll (1/11/2020)
(Japan) -- More than 70 percent of people want the government to review plans to build casinos in Japan, a Kyodo News survey showed Sunday, following a bribery scandal...
article Scandal-hit lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto to be slapped with fresh warrant over Chinese bribes (1/10/2020)
(Japan) -- A fresh arrest warrant will be served for lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto on suspicion he received bribes from a Chinese company beyond those detailed in his first...
12 Total Articles on this Issue

Malta Gaming

article Malta gambling license still considered top tier in markets without country level regulation (1/16/2020)
(Malta) -- There has been considerable discussion as of late about gaming licenses from the Malta Gaming Authority, and whether the time for these licenses has passed....
1 Article on this Issue

Gambling Expansion

article Former US base at Gournes on Crete set to host new casino (1/15/2020)
(Europe) -- The government is moving ahead with the utilization of the plot that used to host the US military base at Gournes, near Iraklio on Crete, and is now...
article Decision Coming for Casino License at Hellenikon Development Site (1/13/2020)
(Greece) -- The Hellenic Gaming Commission (HGC) is expected to decide which of two American companies bidding for the lucrative license to operate a casino at the...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Philippines Gaming

article Okada Manila posts US$785mln in 2019 GGR, up 46pct (1/15/2020)
(Philippines) -- Japanese gaming company Universal Entertainment Corp says its Okada Manila casino resort (pictured) in the Philippines generated gross gaming revenue (...
article SEC investigating whether Suncity Group must conduct tender offer for minority shareholders of Suntrust (1/14/2020)
(Philippines) -- The Philippines’ Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is looking into whether or not Suntrust Home Developers Inc – the listed real estate company...
article Business as Usual for Casinos in Entertainment City as Taal Volcano Ash Cloud Closes Nearby Manila Airport (1/13/2020)
(Philippines) -- Casinos in the Philippine capital Manila remained open on Monday as the Taal volcano spewed clouds of ash in their general direction. But Manila’s...
article Duterte says China has agreed not to interfere in Philippines POGO industry (1/13/2020)
(Philippines) -- China has assured the Philippines that it will not interfere with the country’s offshore gaming industry despite having last year called for all...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Mohegan Sun

article Greece rejects Hard Rock Int'l casino license bid (1/14/2020)
(Greece) -- US casino operator Hard Rock International (HRI) has been ruled ineligible to participate in the tender for Greece’s Hellinikon integrated resort...
article Mohegan advances in Greek casino resort tender, Hard Rock rejected (1/14/2020)
(Greece) -- Greece has put Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment into the next phase of a long-delayed tender process to build and operate a luxury casino resort in Athens...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

LGBTQ

article Baga Chipz calls out ‘bigotry’ after reportedly being turned away from a casino for being a ‘fella in make up’ (1/13/2020)
(UK) -- Drag Race UK star Baga Chipz claims to have been turned away by casino bouncers who called her a “fella in makeup”. Baga said she tried to enter the...
1 Article on this Issue

MGM Resorts

article MGM China flags bonus to staff, in two instalments (1/13/2020)
(Macau) -- Macau casino operator MGM China Holdings Ltd announced on Monday that it would pay a “discretionary bonus” to eligible non-management employees....
1 Article on this Issue

China Gaming

article Wynn Macau name used in $8 million scam in China (1/12/2020)
(China) -- Executives at Wynn Macau Ltd have expressed alarm after hearing that their name was used as part of a scam that netted the culprits nearly $8 million. This...
1 Article on this Issue

Labor & Unions

article NagaCorp issues strongly-worded defense of labor conditions, rebukes actions of worker union (1/12/2020)
(Cambodia) -- Cambodian integrated resort operator NagaCorp has described its employee wages and fringe benefits program as “one of the best and if not the highest...
article Victory for labor rights in Cambodia as largest casino workers’ strike ends in peace (1/12/2020)
(Cambodia) -- Cambodia registered an unusual victory for labor rights when on January 11, a two-day strike by workers of the country's largest casino company...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Other News

article Maduro announces opening of cryptocurrency casino (1/18/2020)
(Venezuela) -- Venezuela will open a casino where all bets must be placed in the country’s ailing “petro” cryptocurrency, President Nicolas Maduro said...
article 58 arrested as police bust hidden casino in Seri Kembangan (1/18/2020)
(Singapore) -- Police have busted a "mini casino" hidden inside an entertainment outlet in Seri Kembangan. The raid by Bukit Aman early on Saturday (Jan 18)...
article Malaysian police arrest 58 people in raid on illegal 'mini casino' at edge of Kuala Lumpur (1/18/2020)
(Malaysia) -- Malaysian police have busted a "mini casino" hidden inside an entertainment outlet in Seri Kembangan, a township at the southern edge of capital...
article GC warns operators over in-game ‘feature buy-ins’ (1/17/2020)
(UK) -- The GB Gambling Commission has warned operators to ensure their products meet transparency and online safety standards, after discovering that operators were...
article The lure of easy money: arcade thrills lead Hong Kong’s young gamers to gambling, massive debts (1/17/2020)
(Hong Kong) -- Salesman Adrian pops into an arcade in Mong Kok while waiting to meet his friends on his day off. Soon he is seated transfixed, playing a video game that...
article BLOG: Renaissance Curacao resort completes redesign project (1/17/2020)
(Curacao) -- The Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino in Willemstad completed a $12 million redesign project that included its lobby, 223 of its 237 guest rooms, its...
press release AskGamblers raises funds to support charity organisations dedicated to fighting childhood cancer (1/17/2020)
(Europe) -- A day before the AskGamblers Awards ceremony, AskGamblers held a charity auction where several renowned casino operators participated in raising funds for...
article Commission asks Senate to ‘expedite’ casino law amendment (1/16/2020)
(Saipan) -- The Commonwealth Casino Commission has asked the Senate Cannabis and Gaming Committee to “expedite” action on House Bill 21-11, which would give...
article Ukraine parliament approves new gambling draft at first reading (1/16/2020)
(Ukraine) -- Ukraine’s new gambling legislation has cleared its first procedural hurdle after undergoing a little tinkering. On Thursday, 260 members of Ukraine’s...
article Wharf Casino’s future in doubt without lease (1/15/2020)
(New Zealand) -- One of Queenstown’s two CBD casinos is likely to fold its cards next year. Applications to the Gambling Commission by SkyCity, which operates both...
article Former US base at Gournes on Crete set to host new casino (1/15/2020)
(Greece) -- The government is moving ahead with the utilization of the plot that used to host the US military base at Gournes, near Iraklio on Crete, and is now...
article Kindred hit by weak sports betting margins in France (1/15/2020)
(France) -- Since Kindred Group's publication of the third quarter report on 25 October 2019, gross winnings revenues across most markets have been impacted by weak...
article Novomatic sells off stake in Casinos Austria (1/15/2020)
(Austria) -- Novomatic is reported to have sold off its 17 per cent holding in Casinos Austria, just weeks after the company has been accused of involvement in a...
article PAGCOR closes Casino Filipino – Tagaytay amid further Taal Volcano eruption threat (1/14/2020)
(Philippines) -- Philippines gaming regulator PAGCOR has temporarily closed Casino Filipino in Tagaytay following the eruption of the Taal Volcano on Sunday. Around 8,...
article NagaCorp refutes pay rise claims, says striking NagaWorld workers back on the job (1/14/2020)
(Cambodia) -- Hong Kong-listed NagaCorp, the operator of Cambodian integrated resort NagaWorld in the capital city of Phnom Penh, has rejected reports that it had given...
article AL WEIWEI: Capitalism and ‘Culturecide’ (1/14/2020)
(Berlin) -- Lu Xun, the greatest Chinese writer of the 20th century, created a character named Ah Q who became both adored and feared among Chinese for his wicked...
article Gambling watchdog bans credit cards for online betting sites (1/13/2020)
(UK) -- Gambling businesses are to be banned from allowing consumers in Great Britain to use credit cards to bet from 14 April, the Gambling Commission has announced....
article Betting firms facing curbs on shirt deals (1/13/2020)
(UK) -- The biggest shake-up of gambling laws in Britain for 15 years could lead to restrictions on football clubs’ shirts carrying the names of betting companies,...
article Gambling on credit cards to be banned (1/13/2020)
(UK) -- People are to be banned from using credit cards to place bets, in an attempt to curb problem gambling, the Gambling Commission has said. The ban, which starts on...
article BOOK: Eyes down for a full house (1/13/2020)
(UK) -- Why bother with bingo? This book tackles that question in its opening chapter, asserting that bingo provides an interesting entry point to a legal and economic...

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