Pacific Islands

Commonwealth Casino Commission officials have praised the efforts made by Imperial Pacific in hiring and training the local workforce in line with its employment plan and federal requirements.

Commonwealth Casino Commission executive director Edward Deleon Guerrero has defended recent claims brought by a Bloomberg report against Best Sunshine in Saipan, saying it is complying with all federal AML laws.

Imperial Pacific International Holdings Ltd has denied it is being investigated by U.S. regulatory authorities regarding the large volumes of cash going through the casino.

Imperial Pacific International Holdings says it’s already accepting advance bookings from China and Japan for its new luxury resort scheduled to open on Saipan at Chinese New Year 2017. The company is counting on the new property to ease capacity restraints and unlock the island’s growth potential.

Saipan casino operator Imperial Pacific says its temporary casino raked in $3.8 billion in VIP table games rolling in October.

The arrests of Crown Resorts staff in China underscores the risk associated with global casino operators' Chinese VIP business, said Fitch Ratings in a note on Wednesday.

The Commonwealth Casino Commission has returned some of the applications of junket operators aiming to supply Saipan’s Best Sunshine International with VIP players.

The owner of CNMI’s Rota Resort and Country Club has reportedly filed a lawsuit against the Rota Casino Gaming Commission and its commissioners for unfairly deeming their conditional casino license expired.

The CNMI Department of Labor is now reviewing Best Sunshine International’s annual workforce plan to ensure its compliance with the law.

Hong Kong-listed Imperial Pacific says its temporary casino on the island of Saipan took in $3.95 billion in VIP rollings in September, its best month since opening.

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