It’s 9 a.m. and the Crown casino in the Cambodian border town of Bavet is booming. Hordes of Vietnamese gamblers cram themselves around card games drinking coffee and chewing on cigarette ends.

While some may have caught some sleep since the night’s session, for others, the 24-hour opening cycle has kept the chips and cards rolling all night.

On the surface this wild-west town 160km from Phnom Penh appears to be thriving and the numbers of Vietnamese strong. 

Gaming operators looking for an easy way to set up a casino and cash-in on the thousands of Vietnamese eager for a flutter, could see its luck change as Cambodia introduces new gaming legislation.



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Will the new supply coming to the Cotai resort district set Macau back on the road to growth and if it does will operators be allocated enough tables to make the new multi-billion dollar resorts profitable?

They are billion-dollar questions with no ready answer as operators and investors adjust to an adverse political climate in China and the chilly “new normal” this has imposed on the world’s largest casino market.

Will the new supply coming to the Cotai resort district set Macau back on the road to growth and if it does will operators be allocated enough tables to make the new multi-billion dollar resorts profitable? They are billion-dollar questions with no ready answer as operators and investors adjust to an adverse political climate in China and the chilly “new normal” this has imposed on the world’s largest casino market.



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Macau saw a strong week-on-week increase in ADR for the week ended July 23, due to higher VIP hold and volume, and strong visitation.

Secretary for Economy and Finance Lionel Leong Vai Tac has vowed not to become complacent after being given a positive rating by the Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG) for its efforts in anti-money laundering.

Donaco International says it expects to add approximately 100 gaming tables to its Star Vegas casino over the next few months.

Imperial Pacific International says it expects to complete the construction of its villas by January of next year, while 374 hotel rooms are expected to complete in August 2018.

The Japanese Supreme Court has denied an appeal filed by Universal Entertainment Corp. in relation to its defamation case against news outlet Reuters.

The city of Tomakomai, Hokkaido, held a briefing session for IR operators in Tokyo on Friday afternoon, getting a jump on most other Japanese local governments and signaling their seriousness about pursuing an IR license.

Macau’s Judiciary Police raided a fake VIP gaming room in Nape on Wednesday, arresting 19 gang members.

Another loan sharking syndicate operating in Metro Manila’s casinos has been identified by Philippine authorities.

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