Sunday, September 19, 2021

INTELLIGENCE

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NUSTAR, Cebu’s first IR, on track to open in March, 2022

NuStar Resort & Casino will be the first IR on Cebu, when it opens in March next year, marking a milestone in tourism and gambling development.

Which casinos are open?

While the delta variant continues to push up daily case numbers across the world, a surge in vaccinations across Asia is starting to bring back confidence, allowing governments to begin easing restrictions in certain areas. Our September “Which casinos are open” update details the state of casino openings across Asia as of September 13, 2021. 

Social chatter eats into betting volumes

Pinnacle CEO Paris Smith said the company has seen a strong recovery in sports betting volumes since live events returned.

Hengqin plan seeks to force diversification and operators will need to...

Beijing has set out its blueprint to diversify Macau's economy through a plan centered on Hengqin, though at present it’s long on vision and short on detail.

Basketball‌ ‌scores‌ ‌in‌ ‌Olympics‌ ‌betting‌ ‌preferences‌

Basketball surged in popularity in terms of Olympics sports betting preferences at Tokyo 2020, though sports book operators said the games were not a major driver of volumes. 
PUBG tops India's esports ladder

Asia slowly readies itself for legal esports betting

Asia’s legalized esports betting scene is still lightyears away from the likes of Europe and the U.S., though there is an acknowledgment that groundwork is being laid for its future growth. 
Annamarie Rooding

Navigating the legal minefield of mandatory vaccinations

Annamarie Rooding says that companies need to move away from the idea of “blanket” vaccine mandates in their organizations, given the legal, ethical and social minefield that awaits companies going down that route. 
Vaccine

Can casino operators mandate vaccinations?

Casino operators in Australia, Macau, and Singapore may find it challenging to move to impose mandatory vaccinations as a condition of employment without a clear directive from their government, according to industry lawyers.
PIGOs, Calvin Lim, DFNN

PIGOs gaining momentum after a challenging start: Lim

DFNN’s domestic online unit had a slow start, seeking to cope with the rollout of a new product and Covid, but growth is accelerating, CEO Calvin Lim says.
Macau

Could Macau-HK travel bubble be moving closer to fruition?

Signs are stacking up that Macau and Hong Kong could be moving closer to a travel bubble. Reports indicate that, starting on Thursday, the Golden Bus service running across the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge is going to be doubling its frequency - from three to six buses daily.
eSports

Esports continue to race ahead, with Asia a key focus

Esports continue to record strong growth and while the mobile sector is gaining momentum it’s still the traditional forms that dominate betting revenue. 
Macau, casino, regulation

Macau operators’ market share shuffle [Infographic]

In August, Macau's six gaming concessionaires and sub-concessionaires filed their second-quarter results, rounding off a three-month period of mixed fortunes. 
pokies

More changes to Aus gaming from Crown inquiries: Hoskins

Gaming product manufacturers may be required to make changes to the products that they offer in Australia as a result of recent royal commissions into Crown Resorts.
Daniel-Cheng

All is not lost if Okonogi wins this Sunday: Cheng

Hachiro Okonogi, an anti-IR candidate with majority LDP backing remains being tipped as the most likely winner of this Sunday’s mayoral race in Yokohama, though gaming and hospitality expert Daniel Cheng says this does not necessarily mean it's all over for an IR in the city. 
Halong Bay, Vietnam

Vietnam offers a tempting road to a new type of gaming within Asia

With Macau’s gaming industry failing to recover as quickly as expected, and ever-increasing oversight from Mainland China, what country within Asia offers the best conditions to be able to develop into something akin to the SAR’s glory days as the world emerges from the pandemic?

UPCOMING EVENTS

Asia Gaming Briefings - September edition 2021

Asia Gaming Briefings – September 2021 Edition

With major sporting events set to resume their Autumn schedules and fresh off the back of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, our focus section in this September edition of Asia Gaming Briefings is on the sports betting world.