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.

23, Nov 2017
Money laundering comes a close second to gambling addiction when it comes to reasons for opposing casinos in Japan, with local media stoking fears that the country’s organized crime gangs plan on using IRs to legitimize the proceeds from crime. These opponents might be exaggerating the risks of money laundering at the anticipated Japanese IRs, but their concerns do not seem to be entirely misplaced. Japan is not necessarily on the cutting edge of Anti-Money Laundering/Combating the Financing...
23, Nov 2017
With mobile internet usage surpassing that of desktop internet usage in 2016, there is no denying that the future lies in mobile. In the gaming space, operators are already upwards of 70 percent of their total user engagement coming from the mobile channel, according to Calvin Kent, CEO of ReelNRG. So, when it comes to game design, if it doesn’t start with mobile, you’re out of the loop.  
16, Nov 2017
Lottoland, which was barred this week from taking bets on domestic Australian lotteries, vows to press on with its international business in the country and warned that the growing online operations of the incumbents pose a greater threat than it does to agents and ticket sellers. The ban follows a simmering campaign against the company by critics who claim the government is losing tax revenue and news agents and other lottery sellers and taking a hit. 
16, Nov 2017
New Zealand’s racing industry is facing a major overhaul designed to bring in more international interest and boost revenue, though some critics say it increases political involvement in a traditionally neutral industry. The recent national elections returned strident nationalist leader Winston Peters as Minister of Racing and Deputy Prime Minister in a coalition government. Peters leads the New Zealand First Party (NZF), which holds the balance of power in the New Zealand parliament following...
9, Nov 2017
NagaCorp doubled the footprint of its Cambodian casino with the opening of the Naga 2 complex earlier this month, but the Hong Kong-listed operator is not content to stop there, with its founder outlining a vision to become a global hospitality group. The company, which was recently valued at more than $5 billion by Colliers International Hong Kong, started on a barge in 1993 after a United Nations coalition government was formed to restore peace and rebuild the war-torn nation. After opening...
9, Nov 2017
Japan has the opportunity to pioneer new methods to tackle problem gambling and set a standard for the rest of Asia, as it draws up legislation to govern integrated resorts. The issue of problem gambling has been a major focus for politicians and is listed as one of the key reasons many Japanese are opposed to IRs in their communities. It's an area that has long been a taboo in Japan and bringing it out into the open for the first time is a major step forward.  
31, Oct 2017
Asia Pioneer Entertainment, which this month joins just a handful of homegrown Macau gaming names to list on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, says it sees strong scope for future growth, both in the world’s biggest gambling hub and around Southeast Asia. The company, which was founded 12 years ago, is raising funds for the next stage of its development.
31, Oct 2017
For Chicago-based operator Rush Street Gaming (RSG), building an IR in a smaller, regional location like Tomakomai or Nagasaki is not a consolation prize for missing out on one of the major Japanese urban markets, but is itself the main event. In an exclusive interview with Asia Gaming Brief, RSG Chairman Neil Bluhm and CFO Tim Drehkoff—as well as Steve Rittvo, CEO of Innovation Project Development, who the company has retained to help them win their bid in Japan—laid out their priorities and...

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