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.

15, Jun 2017
Russia’s bookmakers see their future as being online, with some major players closing down traditional betting shops to focus on the interactive sector. This year’s Russia Gaming Week reflected that trend with some bookies saying they had eschewed booths at the show to channel funds instead to the development of online services.
15, Jun 2017
More than twenty years have passed since the term “millennial” was first coined, and while casino operators and gaming manufacturers have kept a close eye on the market, many have yet to nail down a successful product for this “connected” generation. The myth that millennials won't spend on real money games has now largely been discounted, but finding the right product at the right cost to appeal to this segment of the market is still a challenge.
8, Jun 2017
Casinos around the world have access to a goldmine of data, from retail transactions through to loyalty programs, and are increasingly mining that information to improve operational efficiency and marketing. However, until recently, operators lacked a solution to tap into the performance metrics of live table games. Casinos have been forced to rely on labor intensive old-fashioned manual counts during operational hours. A small Australian company, Sensen Networks, now claims to have found an...
8, Jun 2017
The gaming floors of Japan’s casinos are expected to be uniquely Japanese in theme and will differ from other jurisdictions around Asia in that they are likely to be dominated by machine-based play. As a result, it is expected to produce unique opportunities for global gaming suppliers, from the international giants, such as Scientific Games, Aristocrat and IGT, through to the locals such as Aruze Gaming and Konami. All are studying what may appeal the most to the highly prized market. 
1, Jun 2017
North Korea is seeking foreign investment to fund a $20 million casino cruise ship aimed at boosting tourism in the region. But international sanctions and cultural differences mean the initiative may never set sail. When considering vacation options, most holidaymakers don’t place North Korea high on their list of choices. Strict visa requirements, a lack of luxury accommodations and a trigger-happy dictatorial leader are enough to deter even the most intrepid explorers.
1, Jun 2017
Kazuyoshi Nagashima, a former mayor of a small city and one-term House of Representatives lawmaker, is at present the only openly declared candidate for the July 30 election to become Mayor of Yokohama. His main campaign slogan is a succinct two words: NO CASINO!!! He joins other regional politicians in campaigning on the bandwagon of opposition to IRs in their cities. 
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.

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