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.

16, Feb 2017
Delegates arriving at the ExCeL in London’s East End for the 2017 edition of ICE Totally Gaming at the start of February were greeted by a host of Asian gaming suppliers keen to expand their reach. The main entrance was dominated by advertising from a number of Asia-facing firms, including BBIN, SA Gaming and Asia Gaming, who all also took sizeable stands at the show. One European-based supplier told AGB that Asia was “undoubtedly the focus this year,” adding that they had agreed a significant...
16, Feb 2017
Macau Legend has big plans for Laos after its $42 million purchase of Savan Vegas, but the Laos market remains volatile and somewhat hostile to foreign investment. Laos hit the headlines last year when the government put Savan Vegas out for bids having seized the resort from its foreign owners, Sanum Investments, over alleged tax liabilities. The sale generated interest from six buyers, including Macau junket promoter Iao Kun Group and casino operator Macau Legend.
9, Feb 2017
Casinos across Asia must find a way to balance innovative new payment solutions with a labyrinth of multi-jurisdictional AML, compliance and responsible gaming requirements, according to a number of industry insiders. One supplier told AGB on condition of anonymity that innovation in the payments space "remains a thorny issue", adding that while operators don’t want to lose customers, the need to adhere to strict AML requirements tends to take precedence.
9, Feb 2017
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang praised Macau’s efforts to diversify its economy during a three-day visit last year, but market experts say operators are still trying to get the recipe right when it comes to non-gaming attractions and face an uphill struggle. Revenue from non-gaming has improved, however, Macau is still far from being a destination that will attract visitors for its tourism offering off the casino floor.  
2, Feb 2017
The passage of Japan’s Casino Bill into law in the early morning hours of December 15, 2016, was achieved only after a bruising political struggle. The administration of Shinzo Abe had waited too long into the Extraordinary Diet Session to begin the deliberations on the bill and thus was forced to steamroll over the opposition parties in a clumsy, ad hoc fashion. However, after   
2, Feb 2017
Gaming addiction is viewed as a major challenge across Asia, with growing access to online and mobile gaming raising the risk for problem behaviour, researchers say. Concern over problem gambling is often cited as a key reason why regional governments ban access to casinos for their residents and how to effectively tackle the issue may play a role in shaping future legislation.
26, Jan 2017
Imperial Pacific Holdings says its resort on the Pacific Island of Saipan will open in the first quarter of this year, despite concern over funding problems for the proposed $7 billion project. The operator, which is currently working out of a temporary facility on the island, had initially planned a Chinese New Year opening, but in a recent stock exchange filing changed the wording about its planned debut to say the Imperial Pacific Resort will hold a soft opening in Q1.
26, Jan 2017
Australia’s betting culture, which changed with the entry of foreign bookmakers, is gradually returning as punters fight back against practices such as cutting big bets and closing winning accounts. But lobby groups say more needs to be done. While the two biggest states have led the way with legislative changes, members of online forum Fair Wagering Australia are still leading the charge to enact change across all of Australia.

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