Good Morning. Beijing’s decision to trial its digital currency with a foreign audience at the Olympics has raised hackles amongst U.S. politicians, further risking already rocky relations. The U.S. sees the potential widespread adoption of the eCNY as an international currency as a threat to the status of the U.S. dollar as a reserve currency. Eric Coskun, director of casino projects at IGamiX Management & Consulting, argues that this may become a business risk for Macau’s U.S. operators. 

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  • MGM China recorded another month of market share increase in 4Q21, reaching 14 percent – which it said was a record quarter for the company. 
  • Mohegan Gaming said it has restarted work on its Project Inspire resort in South Korea after completing financing in November of last year.
  • Wynn Macau says GGR during Chinese New Year was one of the highest since the pandemic, confirming analysts’ estimates that the holiday had been strong for the city’s casinos.
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U.S. concern over digital yuan a headache for Macau operators

With U.S./China relations bumping along near rock bottom, Beijing’s plans to introduce the digital yuan looks set to create more waves, which may be a concern for Macau’s U.S. operators, says a leading gaming consultant. Earlier this month, Republican Senator Pat Toomey sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Janet Yellen, and Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, expressing his concerns about the rollout of the digital yuan to a foreign audience during the Winter Olympics in Beijing. Visitors to the Olympic Village will only be permitted to transact in cash, Visa and eCNY, while ahead of the games Beijing also pressed U.S. companies such as McDonald’s, Visa and Nike to install eCNY systems.

Your Daily Asia Gaming eBrief: Olympics trial elevates eCNY concern
Your Daily Asia Gaming eBrief: Olympics trial elevates eCNY concern

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Your Daily Asia Gaming eBrief: Olympics trial elevates eCNY concern

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