Monday, June 14, 2021

Victorian royal commission into Crown extended to October

The Victorian government has granted a request from the royal commission into Crown to allow additional time and funding to complete its inquiry into whether Crown is suitable to hold a license in Victoria. 

Jeju Dream Tower Casino opens for business

The long-awaited Jeju Dream Tower Casino opens its doors today, and although it is only one of eight licensed foreigner-only casinos on the island, it is only the second large casino

Interview with Fred Gushin: Regulatory tweaks needed to ensure Japan ROI...

Fredric Gushin, managing director of Spectrum Gaming Group, talks with Asia Gaming Brief managing editor Sharon Singleton about the snail's pace of the regulatory process in Japan. He says the framework that has been put in place isn't ideal and some changes are needed to ensure an adequate return on the multi-billion dollar investments that are planned. 

Macau steps up vaccination drive as health measures reimposed at casinos

Macau is stepping up its vaccination drive as the threat of Covid draws closer, forcing the reimposition of health and safety measures at casinos and tougher border checks.

Sega Sammy eyes $1b investment in Yokohama IR

Sega Sammy plans to spend Y120 billion on its participation in an IR in Yokohama, which if successful is likely to open in the late 2020s, it said.

Genting confirms Yokohama partners, says investment less than $8b

Genting Singapore has confirmed its Japanese partners in its bid for an IR license in Yokohama and said the project doesn't need shareholder approval as its investment is less than 100 percent of the market capitalization of the company.

INDUSTRY UPDATES

Jade Entertainment, has announced a dual-sportsbook launch for the Indian and Philippines markets.
Melco’s more than 300 colleagues attend ‘Get the Jab’ vaccination program health seminar as company announces on-site outreach vaccination session to support government efforts to build herd immunity.
In response to the Macau SAR Government’s call for the public to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and to help Macau achieve herd immunity, Galaxy Entertainment Group (“GEG”) invited the Health Bureau to set up a vaccination point at Galaxy Macau.
In response to the Macau SAR Government’s call for the public to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and to help Macau achieve herd immunity, Galaxy Entertainment Group invited the Health Bureau to set up a vaccination point at Galaxy Macau.
Bloomberry Cultural Foundation, Inc. (BCFI), the corporate social responsibility arm of Solaire Resort and Casino, is continuing its social projects, including the construction of family care centres. 
Evolution today announced the launch of Gonzo’s Treasure Hunt™, a ground-breaking online live game show and the world’s first live casino game to bring together live andslots-style gameplay, and the first with the option to play in VR (Virtual Reality) mode.
Pragmatic Play, a leading game content provider to the gaming industry, has gone live with its dedicated Live Casino environment for leading Kindred Group brand, Unibet.
SA Gaming, a leading online entertainment platform provider in Asia, has launched Speed Baccarat in the SA Euro studio. The game is aimed at players who are looking for fast-paced and exciting games.
An exceptional food and wine pairing event, featuring Portuguese typical cuisine and 20 of the most representative wines of Portugal from the most known regions. A two day gourmet fest hosted by D’Ouro Restaurant at The Macau Roosevelt, intended to promote Portugal’s rich heritage in food and wine.
SJM Holdings participated in the “2021 World Environment Day” in support of the Macao Environmental Protection Bureau to boost environmental awareness and to encourage employee engagement.

Regions seen as outperformers

Regional casinos in the Philippines are likely to resume their outperformance once the global pandemic eases as infrastructure improves and major projects come online.

Kazakhstan scores own goal with sports betting changes

Recent changes to Kazakhstan’s sports betting law are likely to fuel black market gambling and slash tax revenue for the government, experts say.

Will Beijing’s sabre-rattling affect Chinese travel decisions?

China’s threat to draw up a blacklist of countries targeting gambling is most likely directed at the online industry, though may be enough to deter some travellers even if the government doesn’t follow through with its action.

Rightsizing Cambodia’s casino industry post-Covid 19

Through government action and a cultural norm of wearing face masks when ill, Cambodia has seen few get sick during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the World Health Organization, Cambodia has 275 COVID cases and zero COVID-related deaths as of the last week of September. 
AGE at ICC Sydney, 2021

Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE) 2021

The Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE) is the place to see new products and services, network, attend thought-provoking seminars, seek business partners and generate sales....
life after pogos

Life After POGOs – AGB Pop-Up Forum

The Philippines and Asia’s online gaming industry is going through uncertain times, with the gaming regulator seeing more and more operators leaving the country for greener pastures.
AGB Webinar - Acquiring and Retaining iGaming Customers

Acquiring & Retaining iGaming Customers

In this AGB Webinar Series, we covered the newest strategies for iGaming player acquisition and retention.

Regulating the Game 2021

Esports BAR Cannes

AGBriefings, June, 2021, Resorts World Las Vegas

Asia Gaming Briefings – June 2021 Edition

For this edition of our magazine, we focus on Southeast Asia, with a particular look at the Philippines. The country’s casino industry has been among the hardest hit in Asia, with the integrated resorts in Manila’s Entertainment City having remained mostly closed to the general public since the beginning of the crisis last year.
Asia Gaming Briefings, april 2021

Asia Gaming Briefings – April 2021 Edition

In this April edition of Asia Gaming Briefings we take the pulse of how the North Asia jurisdictions of Japan, Korea and the Russian Far East have fared.
Agbriefings February 21

Asia Gaming Briefings – Feb 2021 Edition

The world is bouncing back, or at least coming to grips with the fact that going forward not much will be the same as before. Commendably, this industry quickly understood the need to adapt to a new normal, and that the days of targeting the low hanging fruit of the VIP sector are gone.