Pacific Islands

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.

The Commonwealth Casino Commission says there will be no-limit on the number of junket operators allowed to do business in Saipan once the Imperial Pacific Resort and Hotel open next year.

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. 

The Commonwealth Casino Commission has asked Imperial Pacific if it still meets the required number of local hires amid recent resignations or terminations of local employees.

Saipan casino operator Imperial Pacific International says it will continue to abide by the conditions of its license agreement in regards to imported labor, local media reports. 

In a statement to local media, the company said: “[IPI] would continue to follow and meet what is required based on the exclusive casino license agreement. Currently the import labor is at 45 percent.”

The operator also said that gaming is the only division of the company where a large number of employees are foreigners.

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