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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.

11, Jan 2018
Casino operators in the Philippines have been attending workshops on how to comply with the country’s new anti-money laundering regulations, though some industry experts say the rules are still are not strong enough. The reporting thresholds are similar to Macau, and some say that's too high for the market. 
11, Jan 2018
Asia’s ever-growing number of IRs are seeking to add non-gaming attractions to diversify their tourism base and provide a unique draw, but the jury is out as to whether combining casinos with theme parks can provide a winning combination.
4, Jan 2018
The year 2017 saw a distinct acceleration in the race to obtain licenses to build and operate Japan’s first IRs. While everyone agrees that the potential scope of the market is vast, without the precise locations and the terms of regulation yet being clarified, estimations of the ultimate size of this market remain little more than guesswork. Progress in the year was once again stalled by politics, though operators are hoping to push forward in 2018 with both the legislative framework and...
14, Dec 2017
Russia has passed a bill that doubles tax rates for both land-based casinos and bookmakers, with even more hikes in the pipeline, raising concern the ever shifting sands of regulation are changing the outlook for the industry and threatening foreign investment. Steve Gallaway, managing partner at Global Market Advisors, says the “changes to the tax regime are devastating for the IEZ (Integrated Entertainment Zone) in Primorye,” referring to the most developed of Russia’s gaming zones.
14, Dec 2017
In just under two decades, virtual sports have gone from being a niche vertical dismissed by many as cartoon betting, to one of the fastest growing areas in gaming, with operators in Asia increasingly taking notice. Interest is undoubtedly strong amongst Asia's sports mad punters, however, slow turning wheels of regulation, or lack of rules, is holding back progress.
8, Dec 2017
It’s 15 years since Macau flung open its arms to international gaming companies and major US operators wasted little time heading to the Far East to plant their flags firmly in the ground. US and Australian interests have dominated casino investment across Asia, with the Europeans notably absent, however, with Japan planning to open the market, there are signs that may be about to change. 
7, Dec 2017
Even by the standards of initial coin offerings (ICOs), Macau gaming company Dragon Corp. raised eyebrows in September with an announcement that it planned to raise $500 million to build a floating casino that operates in a newly-created cryptocurrency. Its aim is to undercut Macau's massive junket industry that finances high rollers in the gambling hub. However, the company's ambitious plans face major regulatory hurdles.  
30, Nov 2017
Malaysia has launched a major crackdown on illegal gambling and this time says it will stamp out the practice for good, though some observers are less optimistic. They say without changes to the law to specifically target online activities, stamping out the problem may be a tough call.  

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