AGE 2016

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.

21, Jul 2016
Lawmakers in the Indian state of Maharashtra are considering moves to legalize casino gambling, while the Supreme Court has handed the decision on whether to allow sports betting over to politicians. Both moves are being followed closely by the industry, which views India as a potential sleeping giant in Asian gaming. With its 1 billion-plus population and rapidly expanding middle class, the market is seen as having huge potential.   
20, Jul 2016
Almost a decade on from Melco Crown Entertainment’s 2006 IPO, there are signs that the joint venture between two of the world’s largest casino operators is not meeting its sky-high expectations.
15, Jul 2016
It’s not the first time we’ve had cause to write about the impact of politics on Asia’s gaming industry and it’s unlikely to be the last. This time politics are casting a shadow over Australia, where attitudes towards gambling appear to be hardening. The recent election has strengthened the position of a hardline anti-gambling crusader, who may now have a much stronger voice.  
15, Jul 2016
Macau’s six casino operators will begin reporting Q2 results later this month, with analysts expecting a mixed bag. Though operators say they are seeing signs of stabilization in the market, that is unlikely to be reflected in the bottom line, at least for now. The consensus is that revenues and EBITDA will fall from the prior quarter and will hit the lowest level in five years.    
8, Jul 2016
What do virtual reality, touchscreens and social media have to do with the future of racing? According to experts, it’s this type of technology that could be key to ensuring the "old fashioned" sport of racing keeps up with the times, and as usual the Hong Kong Jockey Club is leading the way. But will others in Asia follow?  
8, Jul 2016
Bingo is not a game we hear a lot about in Asia. Legal and regulatory restrictions, coupled with a lack of appetite for the game, mean it is near non-existent in the likes of Korea, Macau, Malaysia, and Singapore. However, bingo is becoming popular in some parts of China, particularly Taiwan where a speed variant is played through the state lottery and in the Philippines the game has been played in various forms since Spanish Colonialism back in 1521. So could it catch on?
29, Jun 2016
As Tiger Resort Leisure & Entertainment's property in the Philippines begins to take its place on the Manila skyline, the sheer size and scale of the project is becoming apparent. The resort will be the third to open in the Entertainment City gaming hub and will be the biggest so far, on a site of about 44 hectares. The project stems from the vision of Japanese tycoon Kazuo Okada, who has a long association with the Philippines and a long-term faith in its future potential. AGB recently...
29, Jun 2016
The Asian Cruise Association (ACA) estimates the market will triple in size by the end of the decade, catering to around 3.8 million passengers, with 1.6 million coming from China alone and with on-board casinos a key part of the draw. Asia's increasingly wealthy middle class eye cruises, with the region's ports changing regulations to lure in the ships.

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