ETGs key for Japan casino floor, pachinko problematic

    While competition is hotting up amongst the operators bidding for a coveted Japan license, suppliers are also eyeing the market for opportunities and trying to answer the key question as to what the Japanese casino floor might look like. Japan is a very mature market when it comes to gambling options, with six types of government-run racing operations and national lotteries. Then there is the pachinko and pachislot market, which has seen better days, but still managed to gross $180 billion in 2017. There are several factors that need to be considered when discussing games for Japan. One of the main goals of the Japanese government is to stimulate tourism numbers, meaning the casino offering should also cater to the “foreign player” as well as the local player. It is also a certainty that the floor space of the casino will be limited to three percent of the total resort...

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