Good morning. Just as the world was beginning to show signs of stepping out of the Covid-19 pandemic era, a new, more contagious version of the virus has now made its way onto the global stage, and it’s rampant across Asia. We’ve found that a significantly fewer number of casinos are open today, compared to the last quarter. 

What you need to know

  • Grand Lisboa Palace opened its doors to the public at noon on Friday. The ceremony, offering an exclusive sneak peek preview to the venue, was covered by AGB. 
  • Macau GGR rose 29 percent from June as Covid travel restrictions with Mainland China eased. Analysts are expecting GGR to improve in the second half of the year as vaccination rates climb. 
  • India’s government is mulling a centralized legal framework that will pave the way for the country’s booming online gaming skill-based industry.
  • China’s recent regulatory crackdown won’t impact Macau’s gaming stocks, whose shares are expected to rise in the second half of this year, says Morgan Stanley
  • Metro Manila, which encompasses some 13 million people, will go into lockdown until at least August 20th as authorities seek to contain the spread of the Delta variant.
  • Century Entertainment said no progress has been possible on opening Cambodia’s Dara Sakor casino due to Covid.

Also on the radar

  • Grand Lisboa Palace opened its doors to the public at noon on Friday. The ceremony, offering an exclusive sneak peek preview to the venue, was covered by AGB. 
  • PAGCOR’s remittances to the Treasury reach P5 billion.
  • Former Burswood Ltd director faces Crown’s WA Royal Commission.  
  • Officials took bribes to help Chinese POGO workers enter Philippines. 
  • China outbreaks prompts 20% cut in Macau hotel bookings.
  • A tower crane located at IPI’s worksite is in danger of collapsing.
  • Nanjing has launched its third round of mass Covid-19 testing.
  • Thais crossing the border to work at illegal Cambodian casinos
  • IPI watches on as CNMI welcomes first batch of tourists from Korea
  • Okura Holdings extends the maturity date of bond agreement.

AGB Intelligence

Which casinos are open?

A significantly fewer number of casino operations are currently open in Asia compared with the previous quarter, an AGB study has found. Today, we take a look at Asia’s key gaming jurisdictions, giving you the latest update on which casinos in Asia are currently, opened, closed, or are operating under limited capacity.   

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Agbriefings, june, 2021