29, Mar, 2017

Saipan casino operator Imperial Pacific International Holdings says it expects to complete construction of its casino on March 31, 2017.

27, Mar, 2017

Australia is considering a nationally consistent approach to online gambling taxes, in a move that will see wagering businesses face higher tax bills.

23, Mar, 2017

Regulators, operators and sports bodies need to improve international cooperation if they are effectively to tackle match fixing, which experts say is increasingly centred on Asia.

23, Mar, 2017

New Zealand is amending its Racing Act to introduce charges for offshore betting operators amidst concern the local racing industry is losing out.

23, Mar, 2017

The Queensland government has yet to do the due diligence on the finances of the ASF Group, a China-backed consortium building a $3 billion integrated resort on the Gold Coast, the Gold Coast Bulletin reported.

22, Mar, 2017

An effort to exclude poker from a bill that will outlaw online gambling in Australia failed and the legislation has now been approved by the Senate.

21, Mar, 2017

Queensland is seeking expressions of interest for a third casino in the state after plans for an A$8.1 billion dollar ($6.2 billion) investment from the Aquis Group, backed by Hong Kong investor Tony Fung, were dropped.

20, Mar, 2017

Casinos in Australia and New Zealand had initially benefited from China’s crackdown on corruption, which triggered an exodus from Macau to destinations further from Beijing’s radar. However, a crackdown last year on marketing in China, which saw the arrest of 18 Crown Resorts employees, together with an increased focus on capital controls, have cooled the market. 

20, Mar, 2017

The Imperial Pacific Report had scheduled a soft opening on March 31st, though it now appears the company will seek to extend its temporary casino operations at the T-Galleria, potentially pushing out the deadline for completion of the first phase by five years.

Local media cited a letter to the government from Chairman Mark Brown requesting significant changes to the implementation scheduled for the $7 billion project.

20, Mar, 2017

Crown Resorts has bucked the trend of going global, selling down 155 million ordinary shares in its Melco Crown Entertainment (MCE) joint-venture back to the Macau-based gaming company to refocus on its Australian business.

The sale raised AU$1.05 billion ($806 million), which the operator will use to help finance its ambitious expansion plans on home turf. This includes a new AU$2 billion harbour side resort in Sydney, Crown Towers Perth, and a AU$1.75 billion development in Queensbridge, Melbourne.

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