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.

25, May 2017
Asia’s casinos may face growing pressure from their banks as efforts to combat global money laundering increase, adding another level of scrutiny, compliance experts say. Operators in the major gaming jurisdictions in the region are already facing increased regulation, with Macau introducing new rules in 2016 and the Philippines taking steps to bring the gaming industry under AML legislation for the first time. Though now, they may see the threat of funding being withdrawn if they are not able...
25, May 2017
The UK’s gambling regulator has turned up the heat on casinos where money laundering is concerned, requiring rigorous background checks on wealthy international clients, including those from Mainland China, which is having an a detrimental effect on VIP business. Some upmarket operators are warning some high rollers are choosing to go elsewhere.
18, May 2017
While the Macau market still has plenty more to give, operators are starting to look elsewhere for future growth potential  
18, May 2017
Cambodia’s long-awaited gambling legislation is likely to be published mid-year and could herald the start of a dramatic shake out of the country’s 65 casinos. Higher tax rates and investment levels may trigger consolidation.  
11, May 2017
Excitement over the prospects for IR development in Japan was palpable at the just-concluded Japan Gaming Congress. Held at a major hotel in central Tokyo, it drew in a capacity crowd of 450 people, mixing international operators with local Japanese businesses and others who hope to become stakeholders in what is predicted to become a multi-billion dollar industry. More than half a dozen Japanese lawmakers spoke on the opening day of the two-day conference, including Deputy Chief Cabinet...
11, May 2017
The horse-racing circuit in India is on its summer break, but off track the industry is lobbying hard to mitigate the effects of a proposed Goods and Services Tax, which officials say may be the death knell for some of the country’s clubs. A council charged with assessing GST limits will meet in Srinagar next week and its decision is likely to be crucial for the industry.
4, May 2017
The Japanese language includes the idiomatic expression “ondosa,” which literally means “a difference in temperatures.” However, it often appears in newspapers to represent a situation in which various parties don’t quite see eye-to-eye—that they view a matter with disparate levels of support or commitment. When it comes to the legalization of casinos in Japan, there are vast temperature differences between the various interested parties. And amongst the public feelings are still running high...
4, May 2017
Horse racing authorities are intent on closing the net on exchange CITIbet, but leading officials in the sport admit “there is no silver bullet” and say they will need government and law enforcement assistance.

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