Mainland China

Increasing outbound travelers from China is expected to provide strong demand for the Asian casino market, say analysts from Morningstar.

NY-listed 500 .com successfully narrowed its net loss in 16Q4 to RMB 5.7 million (US$0.8 million), compared to RMB 109.7 million in the prior year period.

Reduced liquidity in mainland China in 2017 will create headwinds for high-end gaming in Macau, say Bernstein analysts. In its report titled “China Liquidity: Who are the winners and losers when the tide is going out?” the brokerage looks at the implications of tightening liquidity on China’s markets.

China lottery sales rose 7.3 percent to RMB 394.6 billion (US$57.5 billion) in 2016, according to data from the Ministry of Finance.

The bridge connecting Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Macau is expected to complete by the end of 2017, said Hong Kong’s Secretary for Transport and Housing.

Macau junket investor Iao Kun Group Holding Company says it will no longer look to expand its VIP gaming portfolio, instead focusing on investments outside the gaming sector.

Lottery service producer AGTech has announced it will be utilizing “certain channels and networks” of the Alibaba Group for the sales and distribution of its lottery products and services.

Beijing has launched an all new internet censorship offensive, with a focus on unauthorized connections including virtual private network (VPN) services.

Twenty-seven elite 2v1 players from all over China battled in China's first professional 2v1 Poker game tournament for RMB1 million (US$145.4 million) in prize money, held in HuangShan.

Sports lottery provider 500 .com has announced the resignation of its director and chairman Mr. Man San Law, as well as director Mr. Weiguo Zhao from its board of directors, effective January 20, 2017.

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