Latest Intelligence is a premium content section developed for AGB members only featuring in-depth articles on relevant items of interest across the multiple Asia Pacific Gaming jurisdictions. AGB relies on an extensive network of regional advisors and contributors to ensure that the published content is real, topical and based on fact.

16, Mar 2017
South Korea’s first true integrated resort is expected to open on April 20, although concerns remain about the potential for growth in the foreigner-only market. When Paradise Group and Japan’s Sega Sammy open their KRW1.3 trillion ($1.1 billion) property in Incheon next month, it will be the country’s first fully fledged integrated resort and the largest casino to date.
16, Mar 2017
Cambodia’s gambling industry is eyeing moves to open up the market in neighbouring Vietnam with trepidation, though views are mixed on the potential impact. Casinos lining Cambodia’s border with Vietnam have long benefited from traffic from Vietnamese who have been banned from gambling at home. Vietnamese are estimated to spend about $800 million annually gambling overseas, with a large chunk of that funnelled into its neighbor’s casinos.  
9, Mar 2017
Online gambling operators in the Philippines are facing a lack of clarity and regulatory confusion amid President Rodrigo Duterte’s clampdown on unlicensed sites. Since coming to power in June last year, Duterte has caused no end of confusion for online gambling operators plying their trade in the country. Back in December, he announced plans to pull down the shutters on iGaming sites, claiming they had no positive impact on the economy.  
9, Mar 2017
The Philippines is expected to be one of the strongest growing gaming markets in Asia again in 2017, driven by another major opening in Manila’s Entertainment City, however growth is expected to slow over the longer term in the face of greater regional competition.
2, Mar 2017
Goa’s casinos are awaiting the results of elections that may be key to their future, as well as to broader efforts to push for further legalization of gambling across India. While previous administrations have threatened to close down the operations whilst in opposition, they have failed to follow through once in power. This time around there is another threat. An upstart political party that dominated elections in the capital area of New Delhi is expected to make a strong showing and...
2, Mar 2017
Russia’s southern and western gaming zones have seen a flurry of activity over the past few months, while reports have emerged of new areas being considered for casino investment. Moscow designated four zones for casino gambling in 2009 in remote locations on the fringes of the country and outlawed gambling anywhere else. Since then, the zones have been expanded to six to include the Crimea and Sochi, the home of the 2014 Winter Olympics. While one of the original zones -- Azov City -- is...
23, Feb 2017
If you’ve paid a visit to any of the major gambling exhibitions in the past few years it’s clear that live casino is viewed as the future of online gaming, supplanting software-generated games dictated by RNGs. It’s the realism and transparency that appeals to players. Cambodia has wasted little time becoming a live casino hub in the Far East with increasing numbers of casinos installing cameras and the necessary tech to cater to remote gamblers – particularly in China. Business is booming and...
23, Feb 2017
Crown has recently re-focused its efforts on expanding its Australian business in the wake of the Chinese VIP crackdown and the arrest of 18 of its employees on “gambling related” charges. Crown Resorts has bucked the trend of going global, selling down 155 million ordinary shares in its Melco Crown Entertainment (MCE) joint-venture back to the Macau-based gaming company to refocus on its Australian business. However, the move comes as the market at home stagnates and a crackdown on marketing...

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