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Japan Gaming

article 1st Japan IR Expo in Hokkaido canceled (12/6/2019)
(Japan) -- The 1st Japan IR Expo in Hokkaido, originally scheduled for 11 and 12 December, has been canceled following Governor Suzuki’s announcement that the...
article Yokohama holds first public briefing about development of IRs (12/6/2019)
(Japan) -- Yokohama city has held its first public briefing on the city’s plans to develop an integrated resort, with Mayor Fumiko Hayashi among those in...
article Melco Resorts announces plans to develop 280-room hotel at Nagano ski resort (12/6/2019)
(Japan) -- Melco Resorts & Entertainment has announced that it will begin building a hotel at Okushiga Kogen in Nagano prefecture. The Asian integrated resort...
article Michio Kitamura’s appointment as first chair of Japan’s Casino Administration Committee approved (12/3/2019)
(Japan) -- Japan’s Upper House has passed by a majority agreement of all parties the appointment of Michio Kitamura as first Chairman of the Casino Administration...
article Japan considering applying withholding tax to casino winnings of non-resident foreigners (12/2/2019)
(Japan) -- The government is considering a plan to withhold taxes on winnings by nonresident foreigners at casino resorts, according to sources close to the matter. The...
article Four entities so far in Nagasaki casino RFC phase (12/1/2019)
(Japan) -- Japan’s Nagasaki prefecture has seen, as of Friday, a total of four entities confirm participation in its request-for-concept (RFC) process regarding a...
article Government considering applying withholding tax to casino winnings of non-resident foreigners (12/1/2019)
(Japan) -- The government is considering a plan to withhold taxes on winnings by nonresident foreigners at casino resorts to be introduced under Japan’s newly-...
article Hokkaido drops casino resort bid amid environmental concerns (11/29/2019)
(Japan) -- Hokkaido Governor Naomichi Suzuki has announced that the Japanese island will no longer seek an immediate bid to construct an integrated casino resort due to...
article Hokkaido will not bid to host casino due to local environment concerns (11/29/2019)
(Japan) -- The governor of Hokkaido said Friday the prefecture will not pursue an immediate bid to construct a casino resort under Japan's newly-liberalized gambling...
9 Total Articles on this Issue

Philippines Gaming

article “Major brand hotels” in Okada Manila future (12/6/2019)
(Philippines) -- Entertainment City IR Okada Manila is planning to attract a number of major international hotel brands as part of a proposed expansion of the property,...
article Galaxy Ent Boracay project might have chance: Pagcor (12/4/2019)
(Philippines) -- It might still be possible for Macau casino operator Galaxy Entertainment Group Ltd to move ahead with its proposed casino resort project in Boracay in...
article Slow player adoption holding back innovation: Experts (12/4/2019)
(Philippines) -- The time it takes for players to “warm-up” to new gaming concepts has been identified as a major reason why the gaming industry has lagged...
article China-Facing Online Gambling Sites Running Amok In The Philippines (12/3/2019)
(Philippines) -- President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines and his government may be starting to regret the decision to allow offshore gambling sites to operate out...
article PAGCOR focused on “more sophisticated” regulation, critical mass of Philippines casinos in 2020: Domingo (12/3/2019)
(Philippines) -- PAGCOR Chairman and CEO Andrea Domingo says the moratorium placed on the issuance of both new land-based and online gaming licenses by President Rodrigo...
press release PAGCOR seals strategic partnership with SiGMA and Clarion (12/2/2019)
(Philippines) -- The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) has officially approved a strategic partnership with gambling event giants Clarion Gaming and...
article ‘Philippines poised to become major player in offshore gaming’ (12/1/2019)
(Philippines) -- The Philippines has the potential to become a major player in the offshore gaming industry worldwide, given the country’s conducive environment...
7 Total Articles on this Issue

Australia Gaming

article Australian banks mull credit card gambling ban; Bet365 under fire (12/5/2019)
(Australia) -- Australia’s online sports betting companies could be blocked from accepting credit card wagers depending on the results of a public consultation by...
article Chairman Stuart McGregor, industry veteran David Green among three more Donaco directors ousted (12/2/2019)
(Australia) -- The ASX suspended trading of shares in Donaco International Ltd on Monday after the company’s Annual General Meeting saw its board slashed to just three...
article Call to seek help for gambling addiction on Mid North Coast (12/1/2019)
(Australia) -- A financial counsellor is calling for greater awareness on the issue of gambling in the community. Alan Naylor, from Mid North Coast Financial Counselling...
article 'As long as you gamble, you feel like an Australian': one in six teenagers gambling underage (11/30/2019)
(Australia) -- Underage gambling is "normalised" in Australia, with a landmark study showing one in six people aged 16 to 17 placing bets or wagering money....
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Europe Gaming

article Totalizator Sportowy celebrates Polish online casino’s 1st birthday (12/5/2019)
(Poland) -- Poland’s state-run gambling operator Totalizator Sportowy is celebrating its first full year of online casino and lottery activity, during which...
article Denmark’s online gambling operators facing 40% tax hike (12/3/2019)
(Denmark) -- Denmark’s online gambling operators got an early lump of coal from the government via a plan to hike their gambling taxes to 28%. On Monday, Denmark...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Gambling Expansion

article Hard Rock, Mohegan Gaming Threaten to Sue Greek Government Over Airport Casino Tender (12/5/2019)
(Greece) -- US casino operators Mohegan Gaming and Hard Rock International are threatening to sue the Greek government over a delay to the awarding a casino license for...
article Tender launches in Uruguay for second large-scale casino in Punta del Este (12/4/2019)
(Uruguay) -- The call for an international public tender has been announced for the running of the casino in a new luxury hotel in Punta del Este. In November Uruguay...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Macau Gaming

article Wynn, Macau Operators Are Bruised, but One Analyst Sees Value (12/5/2019)
(Macau) -- Wynn Resorts, Ltd. and other gaming companies with significant Macau footprints have seen their share prices sapped in recent months due to declining VIP...
article Lei Wai Nong appointed to oversee Macau casino industry under new-look Ho Iat Seng government (12/3/2019)
(Macau) -- Macau’s incoming Chief Executive, Mr Ho Iat Seng, has announced the principal officials of his government set to take office once sworn in as the SAR...
article Stanley Ho Nephew Gets Eight Years for Organizing Prostitution Ring at Hotel Lisboa, Macau (12/3/2019)
(Macau) -- A nephew of Macau casino mogul Stanley Ho has been sentenced to up to eight years in prison for fronting a racket that organized prostitution at the Hotel...
article Stanley Ho’s nephew re-sentenced to eight years for prostitution (12/3/2019)
(Macau) -- The nephew of Macau casino icon Stanley Ho has been sentenced to eight years behind bars for his role in a prostitution ring at the Hotel Lisboa.
article Macau casinos post disappointing aggregated November revenues figure (12/2/2019)
(Macau) -- The over 35 casinos in Macau reportedly experienced a disappointing November after chalking up an 8.5% year-on-year decrease in aggregated gross gaming...
article Macau Gambling Revenues Dip in November: Casino Stocks in Focus (12/2/2019)
(Macau) -- Macau, the world’s largest gambling hub, has witnessed decline in Casino gross gaming revenue (GGR). In November, gaming revenues from the region...
article Macau’s gaming policymaker replaced by Chief Exec (12/2/2019)
(Macau) -- Ho Iat Seng, the incoming Chief Executive for Macau, has started to put together his list of new government leaders. One of the positions that will see a...
article China Appoints New Macau Officials, Replaces Economy Chief (12/1/2019)
(Macau) -- China's State Council appointed a slew of new officials to head the world's top gambling hub of Macau, changing key roles including the head of the...
article Macau casino revenues take a hit from Hong Kong protests and US-China trade war, slip 8.5 per cent in November (12/1/2019)
(Macau) -- Macau casinos showed further weakness in November as the world’s largest gambling hub heads towards its first annual revenue decline in three years, hit...
article Macau casino revenue slides 8.5% in November (11/30/2019)
(Macau) -- Gambling revenue in the Chinese territory of Macau dropped 8.5% in November year on year, hit by lacklustre demand from high roller gamblers due to slowing...
article Macau Gaming Revenue Drops as Casinos Face Worst Year Since 2016 (11/30/2019)
(Macau) -- Macau casinos showed further weakness in November as the world’s largest gambling hub heads toward its first annual revenue decline in three years....
11 Total Articles on this Issue

China Gaming

article China-owned gaming company bets on US investors for US$2.5bn loan (12/4/2019)
(Wall Street) -- Mobile gaming company Playtika, known for its casino-themed games, is placing a high-stakes bet on a selective US investor base that has hand-picked...
article In China Lottery Sales Fall 35% While Attacking Illegal Operators (11/29/2019)
(China) -- China’s Ministry of Finance reported a drop in lottery sales of more than a third in October. Sales were RMB27.55b (US $ 3.9b), which represents a 34.8...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Crown Ltd

article Government keeping report into wombat shooting hidden (12/4/2019)
(Australia) -- Victoria won't act on a secret report sparked by revelations Chinese high rollers at Crown Casino were shooting wombats until sometime next year....
1 Article on this Issue

Hard Rock

article Hard Rock touts responsible gambling, Spain project in doubt (12/4/2019)
(Spain) -- Casino operator Hard Rock International (HRI) has unveiled a new responsible gambling program while the curtain may be coming down on the company’s...
1 Article on this Issue

International Game Technology

article IGT pens long-term extension with Barbados Lottery licensees (12/4/2019)
(Barbados) -- International Game Technology (IGT) has announced that its IGT Global Services subsidiary has signed a 10-year extension to a private management agreement...
1 Article on this Issue

Malta Gaming

article Go-between: Only 1 mastermind in Maltese reporter’s murder (12/4/2019)
(Malta) -- A Maltese taxi driver testifying under immunity from prosecution says that a local casino and hotel owner, was the sole mastermind of the 2017 car-bomb murder...
article Malta’s Prime Minister steps down, casino owner pleads guilty to murder (12/2/2019)
(Malta) -- It sounds like the plot of a political thriller novel. A journalist cracking open a global scandal involving world leaders; businessmen and politicians...
article Maltese businessman Fenech charged with complicity to murder in journalist case (11/30/2019)
(Malta) -- One of Malta’s wealthiest men, Yorgen Fenech, was charged in a Valletta court on Saturday with complicity to murder in the car bomb killing of anti-...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Mohegan Sun

article "The future growth of our industry is centred around compelling Integrated Resort propositions" (12/4/2019)
(London) -- With over 30 years of experience leading all facets of multiple global integrated resorts across the U.S. and internationally, Mohegan Gaming &...
article Mohegans’ pioneering approach leads down international path (11/30/2019)
(Connecticut) -- Over the past quarter-century, the Mohegan Tribe has developed a penchant for breaking new ground. In 1994, two years before Mohegan Sun opened, it...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

South Korea Gaming

article Paradise Co, GKL enjoy huge revenue gains in November (12/4/2019)
(South Korea) -- South Korea seems to be picking up speed as the go-to destination for international gamblers. If the latest financial data coming out of the country...
1 Article on this Issue

Global Gaming Expo (G2E)

article Inaugural G2E Asia @ the Philippines starts today (12/3/2019)
(Philippines) -- With a focus on the increasingly important ASEAN emerging gaming markets, G2E Asia @ the Philippines kicks off today at Marriott Manila, welcoming...
1 Article on this Issue

Mobile Gaming

article Smartphones blamed as the majority of adults now gamble (12/3/2019)
(UK) -- More than half of adults in the UK now gamble, new figures show, prompting warnings that smartphone betting is fuelling increasingly addictive behaviour. The...
1 Article on this Issue

Indian Gaming

article Threats of ‘mass appeals’ in Elliniko casino tender (12/1/2019)
(Greece) -- The tender for an integrated resort and casino at Elliniko has taken a critical turn as Hard Rock Cafe is threatening “mass appeals” if the group...
1 Article on this Issue

Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency

article Russian central bank backs crypto payment ban (11/29/2019)
(Russia) -- The Central Bank of the Russian Federation has thrown its weight behind proposals to ban Bitcoin payments. Chairman Elvira Nabiullina told Russian news...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article BLOG: Inside London’s Most Exclusive Casinos (12/5/2019)
(London) -- It is well established that as one of the greatest cities in the world, London has something for everyone: from culture and the arts to history, fashion and...
article Pacific Rim files amended complaint against IPI (12/5/2019)
(Saipan) -- As directed by District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona on Tuesday, Pacific Rim Land Development LLC filed an amended complaint against...
article AG: Gaming machine rules invalid, licenses should be revoked (12/5/2019)
(Guam) -- The rules and regulations for gaming machines on Guam were not legally adopted and therefore should be declared invalid, Assistant Attorney General Marianne...
article Andros Townsend opens up about his gambling addiction: "I lost €54,000 in one night" (12/5/2019)
(Europe) -- Crystal Palace midfielder Andros Townsend admits that he has few vices - he doesn't drink, he's never done drugs but as he told The Players Tribune, he knows...
article Man ordered to carry out unpaid work after assault at Aberdeen casino (12/5/2019)
(UK) -- A thug has been ordered to carry out unpaid work after assaulting a man at Grosvenor Casino on Exchequer Row. Edward O’Neil, 26, appeared at Aberdeen...
article Independent monitor looks into IPI payroll records (12/4/2019)
(Saipan) -- Some Imperial Pacific International employees claimed they performed after-hours work duties without compensation, but IPI said if true, it was unacceptable...
article Swedish gambling participation drops to 60% in 2019 (12/4/2019)
(Sweden) -- The latest edition of Sweden’s annual survey on gambling participation has revealed that the percentage of the country’s adult population has...
article Ireland’s Bingo Players Protest Proposed Cap on Winnings (12/4/2019)
(Ireland) -- Over a hundred of Ireland’s bingo players broke out in vocal protests this week in Dublin as the nation’s parliament considers limiting winners to just 50...
article Indian state of Meghalaya approves state lottery (12/4/2019)
(India) -- Looking for additional sources of revenue, the Northeastern Indian state of Meghalaya announced on December 2 that they have approved rules governing the new...
press release Kambi takes on International Betting Integrity Association membership (12/4/2019)
(Worldwide) -- Global sports betting supplier Kambi has underlined its commitment to the highest levels of integrity with membership of the International Betting...
article After Fast Start In The U.S., How Far Can Kambi Go? (12/3/2019)
(USA) -- As legalized sports betting proliferates across the U.S. landscape, a European-based company the public will rarely if ever hear about is originating the odds...
article OP/ED: Betting on our future – How the UK election could shape the gambling industry in 2020 (12/3/2019)
(UK) -- With the 2019 General Election on the horizon, all of the major political parties have released their manifestos, outlining their vision for the future of the...
article Donaco board loses a couple more after Reichel departure (12/3/2019)
(Australia) -- Donaco International Ltd. is going through a major restructuring at the very top of the list, a move that follows an already tumultuous year. It was just...
article Gambler's elaborate scheme snares $8m to fund lavish life (12/3/2019)
(Australia) -- A failed gambler stole identities and forged passports to gain control of Chinese expatriates' homes so he could secure loans to repay millions of...
article Danish Government will increase online gambling tax in 2021 (12/3/2019)
(Denmark) -- The Danish Government has revealed plans to increase online gambling tax by eight percentage points in its 2020 Finance Act. The government claims the new...
article Lithuanian lottery turnover climbs 10.1% in first nine months (12/3/2019)
(Lithuania) -- The Lithuania Gambling Supervisory Authority has revealed that turnover from regulated lottery gaming in the country during the nine months to 30...
article Rick Salomon Can't Claim $2.8M Poker Debt from Saudi Sheikh (12/3/2019)
(Worldwide) -- Professional poker player Rick Salomon has come unstuck in his legal bid to claim a $2.2 million gambling debt from a Saudi sheikh. The American is maybe...
article French Court Rules Against Rick Salomon In $2.8 Million Poker Debt Case (12/3/2019)
(France) -- A French court dealt a huge blow to high stakes poker player Rick Salomon’s attempt to recover an alleged $2.8 million poker debt owed to him by a...
article No $2.8m payday for poker player as French court rules it is a game of 'chance not physical skill' (12/2/2019)
(France) -- A professional American poker player who sued a Saudi sheikh for alleged unpaid winnings of $2.8 million (£2.2m) from a game in the French Riviera has lost...
article Spain online gaming revenue up 5% for Q3 (12/2/2019)
(Spain) -- Spain's gross gaming revenue (GGR) was €191.7m ($211.5m) for Q3 2019, a rise of 5% year-on-year, and an increase of 7% from Q2. Of the country’...

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