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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.

5, Feb 2016
With growth stagnant in poker’s traditional strongholds of North America and Europe, operators are beginning to look towards Asia for markets which could kickstart a second boom.  
5, Feb 2016
Thai universities are increasingly concerned about the growing trend of students addicted to gambling and borrowing money from state education loans to support their gaming habits. University academics are urging officials to tackle the issue, especially student access to online websites through smartphones, calling on cellphone operators to block gambling websites. Recents surveys have revealed the extent of gambling practices among youth in the Kingdom and are likely to make any attempt to...
28, Jan 2016
The Star Entertainment Group, formerly known as Echo Entertainment Group, is undergoing a group-wide renaissance, reshaping its brand identity and revamping its properties to take advantage of a forecast surge in Asian tourism. Group CEO Matt Bekier says he's convinced the next "boom" for Australia will come from tourism and is positioning the brand to benefit. 
28, Jan 2016
Nepal’s casino industry is forecast to bounce back in 2016 after a devastating earthquake last year and an unofficial border blockade imposed by India. According to Union Gaming Analytics, an industry consultant, the Indian market could have the potential for US$4 billion in gaming revenue and Nepal casino insiders say operators are perfectly positioned to attract those players. The industry in Nepal has faced a tumultuous few years, with the government shuttering all casinos in 2014 after...
22, Jan 2016
While Beijing’s anti-corruption drive has often been blamed as a primary factor behind the slump in Macau’s gaming revenue, the same regime is also responsible for proposing and supporting another initiative that may have widespread implications for the development of the Asian gaming industry -- the “One Belt and One Road” project. The plan to develop the old Silk Road linking Asia to Europe is likely to provide a significant boost to tourism in tandem with the gaming industry.
22, Jan 2016
The multi-billion properties opening up on Macau’s Cotai strip are still likely to be viable, despite the slump in gaming revenue in the territory, though returns will fall far short of the levels expected when the resorts were first planned, analysts say. The six operators are set to almost double their room capacity over the next two years at a time of unprecedented uncertainty for the revenue outlook. 
15, Jan 2016
Cambodia’s coastal town of Sihanoukville, a sleepy place popular among backpackers and expats looking to escape the frenetic pace of the capital, has long been a gateway to some of Cambodia’s most prized beaches. However, that is changing with a surge in Chinese investment in hotels and casinos in the city itself. Part of the boom has been driven by online gambling, but a string of recent busts may have dented confidence in the industry. 
14, Jan 2016
A federal review of how Australia regulates online gambling could have major implications for a number of operators - both European and Australian - when it reports back later this month. It will serve to define exactly how to expand Australia’s limited regulatory framework. Among the issues under the spotlight are the prohibition of in-play betting online, advertising regulations and how unlicensed offshore operators are dealt with.  

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