Gaming industry veteran David Green sits down the AGB Nippon Executive Editor Michael Penn to discuss the Bergin inquiry in New South Wales, Australia. At issue in the narrow sense is Crown Resorts’ fitness to gain a casino license for its newly-opened Crown Sydney tower.
However, during the course of the inquiry held late last year, and whole series of damaging, indeed devastating revelations about Crown Resorts and its management practices emerged into public view. As Green explains ahead of Bergin’s findings and recommendations, the stakes have now grown considerably, and what is at risk is not only Crown’s position in New South Wales, but also its position in Victoria and beyond.
The prospect of legal sports betting in Japan has created a buzz in the global community, though industry insiders warn that Tokyo will need to do a better job on regulation than it has with casinos if the market is to reach its full multi-billion dollar potential.
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.
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.