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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.

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.  
30, Nov 2017
Nepal’s casino sector appears finally to be poised for expansion, with new properties opening and foreign investors entering the market, drawn by the lure of untapped demand in neighboring India and increased business traffic. The industry is one of the oldest in Asia, but has been through a transitional period, with new international standard gaming regulations introduced in 2013 and with the country hit by an earthquake and temporary border issues in 2015. However, the picture is brightening...
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...

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