2018 in review – Sportsbetting, IndoChina and Japan

There’s never a dull moment when it comes to gaming in Asia and 2018 produced its fair share of surprises, many of them provided by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who is keeping the gaming industry on its toes. From the shelving of a planned casino project by Galaxy Entertainment on Boracay, through to the abrupt sacking of the board of local partner, the Nayong Pilipino Corp. during a groundbreaking ceremony for Landing International in Manila, he has injected an added element of risk for gaming operators in the Philippines. Elsewhere around Asia, the market in Cambodia has continued to see explosive growth, with much of it centered on the coastal town of Sihanoukville, leading to concern about overheating. While in neighbouring Vietnam, projects are progressing and investor interest remains strong. Operators continue to jostle for position in Japan, strengthening their ground game and hiring local staff over the year in an attempt...

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