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Looking Ahead to Local Elections

The enduring unpopularity of IR developments among the Japanese public, as well as the much weaker position of the Shinzo Abe government in comparison to earlier phases, means that local elections may still prove decisive as to whether or not bids will go forward.
Yukio Fujiki

Fujiki vows resistance to Yokohama IR bid

Yokohama Harbor Transport Association Chairman Yukio Fujiki, the 89-year-old “don of Yokohama” who controls part of Yamashita Pier, the proposed site for the IR, has vowed, “I shall not be evicted,” signaling his all-out resistance to Mayor Fumiko Hayashi’s new policy of favoring a bid.

Yokohama Chamber of Commerce delighted by IR bid

The Yokohama Chamber of Commerce & Industry appears to have been taken by surprise by the news reports on Monday that the city government had decided to move forward with an IR bid, but they expressed their delight.

No decision on Hokkaido IR bid until next year

Hokkaido Governor Naomichi Suzuki is now expected to delay until early 2020 his final decision on whether or not to go forward with an IR bid.

Duterte appears to soften hardline stance on gambling

President Rodrigo Duterte says he will no longer “meddle” with gambling in the country, apparently softening his hardline approach to the industry, according to local media reports.

PAGCOR continues war of words with Quezon mayor

The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) has again hit out at Quezon City’s acting mayor over her stance towards a planned integrated resort...

Casino issue impacts Kanagawa and Hokkaido campaigns

Left-leaning opposition parties are stepping up their political push against the establishment of casino gambling within their local communities, provoking new developments in both...

Hosoda pushes IR bid on unwilling Okinawa

Hiroyuki Hosoda, a senior ruling party politician, publicly pushed Okinawa to make an IR bid in spite of the fact that the newly-elected Governor Denny Tamaki has stated repeatedly that he opposes such a bid.

IR advocates argue polls biased and misleading

The latest newspaper public opinion poll holds more bad news for IR advocates, but some observers suggest that the polls don’t mean what they...

Politicians rattle anti-gambling cages as state elections loom

Upcoming elections in South Australia and Tasmania are providing another opportunity for anti-gambling crusaders to target the industry, prompting concern a hostile operating environment will restrict growth.
Solid Gaming

Knowledge trumps content in Asia’s complex i-gaming world

In Asia’s complex and diverse igaming landscape, having the right content means business success only if one more key ingredient is included - market knowledge. 

Instant and secure deposits

AstroPay is the pioneer payment solution for thousands of consumers in Latin America, Asia and Africa, who want to purchase online on international sites, that helps merchants access new markets through its main product, AstroPay Card.

Australian market report: How to adapt to the new normal

Covid-19 forced the rapid and unexpected closure of venues across Australia, changing the operating environment with unprecedented speed and leaving managers scrambling to adapt...

Life After POGOs – AGB Pop-Up Forum

The Philippines and Asia's online gaming industry is going through uncertain times, with the gaming regulator seeing more and more operators leaving the country for greener pastures.
AGB Webinar Attracting Players, Not Fraudsters

Attracting players, not fraudsters

With sports betting restarting we are now seeing traffic levels return to pre-COVID levels. The same is unfortunately true for fraudulent activities as operators tempt players, both new and existing, with lucrative bonuses and attractive game offerings.
Winning The Future Chinese Tourist

Winning the Chinese Tourist & China Tourism Blacklist

The AGB Webinar hears from Professor Wolfgang Arlt of COTRI, Shirley Tam of Okada Manila and Desmond Lam of UMAC to discuss future expectations...
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South Korea Casino Recovery

The fifth edition of the AGB Webinar Series will take you to South Korea, one of the first countries to reopen their gaming industry...

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SBC Awards 2020

Sigma Malta Show

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Sigma Malta Show

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Asia Gaming Briefings – Nov 2020 Edition

While nowhere in the world has escaped the economic fallout from the Covid-19 crisis, Macau has been hit harder than most, with forecasts for gross domestic product to shrink more than 50 percent this year.
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Asia Gaming Briefings – Oct 2020 Edition

Before the Covid-19 crisis, tourism in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region was at a record high, on track to welcome 80 million visitors in 2019, generating some $90 billion in revenue.
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Asia Gaming Briefings – Sep 2020 Edition

IN FOCUS: SPORTS BETTING Ball games bounce back. Major sporting events are slowly ramping up around the world and with them the drama and surprises, not all of them good for sports betting operators.