Pacific Islands


Tinian mayor Ramon De La Cruz told Radio Australia a casino taskforce is looking into gaming law changes to make the island "a more competitive gaming jurisdiction". He added that investors looking at buying the troubled Tinian Dynasty Hotel and Casino, including an unnamed Hong Kong-listed company and Taiwan's Howarm Construction Co., have been in talks with the Internal Revenue Service over alleged violations by the casino.



A  controversial gambling bill will not legalize casino gambling, poker machines and slot machines in Guam but would instead tax existing legal forms of gambling, the governor’s legal counsel has said. Guam Governor Eddie Calvo has been waiting for advice from his legal advisers before deciding whether to sign the bill into law. The bill will collect tax and licensing fees from bingo, lottery, cockfighting, carnival gaming and other legal forms of gambling.


The office of Guam Attorney General Leonardo Rapadas filed suit seeking a court judgment to void regulations cited this month by the island's revenue and tax department in relicensing about 200 gambling machines, including Liberty, Symbolix and Match Play machines, for a year. Rapadas argues that the machines are illegal under Guam law while the Governor Eddie Calvo's legal counsel argues that machines registered before August 2001 are legal under revenue and tax regulations.