Pacific Islands

 Casino operators in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands will now be permitted to seek accords with junket operators after the Commonwealth Casino Commission approved new guidelines.

Attorney General Edward Manibusan has said under the Tinian Casino Gaming Act, the Tinian Casino Gaming Control Commission cannot collect any special fees described in NMIAC Section 170-30.2-825 or the “Special Fee Assessments for General Operations of the Commission”.

Imperial Pacific, operator of Best Sunshine International, has been deemed financially able to complete construction of its $500 million Grand Mariana Casino Project in Garapan, according to local media sourced from the Commonwealth Casino Commission.

The Tinian Department of Labor has sanctioned Tinian Trading International, a company which supplies staff to Tinian Dynasty.

The Commonwealth Casino Commission has approved regulations and guidelines that would allow junket operators to bring high rollers to the Saipan Casino, local media reports.

Hong-Kong-listed Imperial Pacific, which opened a temporary casino in July 2015, has announced that its VIP tables brought in $1.44 billion in December, 2015.

Alter City Group, which is currently planning to invest US$1.2 billion dollars to build two casinos, hotels, as well as apartments, and other projects in Tinian, is asking the territorial government to grant a tax break.

Imperial Pacific, which opened a temporary casino on the island of Saipan in July, announced that its VIP business brought in $1.63 billion in its first full month of operations.

VIP gaming investor Best Sunshine said it is within the anti-smoking law at its Saipan casino due to the law stating that smoking is not regulated in the “enclosed gaming areas of a casino establishment,” the company’s legal counsel Viola Alepuyo told the media.

“We still maintain our position that we are in compliance with the law,” Alepuyo was quoted by local publication Marianas Variety as saying.

E-gaming operator Mariana Entertainment has opened another Club 88, this time at the Mariana Resort & Spa in Marpi, north of Saipan.

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