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.

27, May 2016
The Financial Action Task Force has included casinos as money laundering risks since 2003, allowing more than 12 years for countries to implement effective controls in accordance with its recommendations. However, there have been mixed results across Asia.  
27, May 2016
Vietnam’s slow-moving legislative process, combined with the burden of the existing regulations, means the country’s full potential as a gaming destination won’t be reached until the next decade at the earliest, industry experts say. Although there has been a lot of speculation that there will be some relaxation of these rules, it now doesn’t look likely to happen for some time to come. 
19, May 2016
Asia’s casino markets are being held back by a lack of regulation, rather than lack of demand, with the underlying drivers for growth, such as under penetration, a rapidly growing middle class and strong propensity to gamble still intact. That was the message from speakers at the G2E Asia conference in Macau this week, with analysts bullish on the prospects for the region despite the current market downturn.
19, May 2016
After a period of rapid growth in Europe, virtual sports are emerging as a viable product in Asia, with operators drawn to the regulatory flexibility, low-cost turnkey integration and high margins. But today’s virtuals - which let players bet on the outcome of pre-determined, virtual visualizations of sporting encounters - are now graphically impressive adaptations of the real thing, created with advanced motion-capture technology which make the leading products tough to distinguish from...
13, May 2016
With the construction of a theme park on the cards for Galaxy Macau, could this form of family friendly entertainment prove crucial in enticing mass-market tourists in their droves? A natural byproduct of China’s burgeoning middle class has been more discretionary money to spend. Research from the Boston Consulting Group predicts that China’s consumer economy will expand by about half, to $6.5 trillion, by 2020 with services overtaking goods as the chief engine for spending. The booming theme-...
12, May 2016
Virtual reality is being tipped for huge global expansion as operators and suppliers seek to lure the tech savvy millennial market, and while Asia is seen as lagging the U.S. in introducing VR machines onto casino floors they won’t be far behind. According to JPMorgan, the development of the VR industry is still in its early stages, but the potential global market could reach $13.5 billion by 2020. The virtual experience won't appeal to all gamers, but if developers can get the product right,...
6, May 2016
Macau industry observers, gaming analysts, and even casino operators are now admitting that the decade-old party has run out of steam, if not over. The “build it and they will come” maxim and its attendant hubris that has characterized the Macau gaming industry since 2003 are now causing deep concern to operators and investors alike. To counter the downturn, the knee-jerk reaction has been to cut costs, directly affecting customer service. This could be a disastrous strategy. According to a...
6, May 2016
Macau’s junket sector, which has been under pressure due to falling VIP revenue and a series of scandals, now faces government reform. As pressure mounts over compliance with anti-money laundering regulations, the sector is likely to face requirements for greater disclosure, greater capital standards and scrutiny of key employees. 

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