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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Australian news outlets are tipping for Crown Resorts CEO Rowen Craigie to announce his departure from the casino company soon after Thursday’s interim results.

Reduced liquidity in mainland China in 2017 will create headwinds for high-end gaming in Macau, say Bernstein analysts. In its report titled “China Liquidity: Who are the winners and losers when the tide is going out?” the brokerage looks at the implications of tightening liquidity on China’s markets.

An integrated resort in Japan could cost up to US$10 billion to develop, says Las Vegas Sands chief Sheldon Adelson.

HOGO has been announced as the official marketing partner of the Japan Gaming Congress.

The opposition Congress on Monday has vowed not to renew the liquor licenses of offshore casinos in Goa if voted to power in the elections next month.

The consortium behind a proposed A$3 billion (US$2.3 billion) casino resort in Brisbane has been forced to re-draft its plans for the bridge that connects South Bank to the casino.

The Health Bureau’s Tobacco Control Office is considering new standards for smoking lounges as proposed by the city’s gaming concessionaires.

MGM China Holdings will be paying a final dividend of HK$0.16 (US$0.02) per share to its shareholders, amounting to approximately HK$608 million in aggregate for the year ended Dec. 31, 2016.

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