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David Green

Interview with David Green: Crown Resorts and Bergin inquiry [video]

Gaming industry veteran David Green sits down the AGB Nippon Executive Editor Michael Penn to discuss the Bergin inquiry in New South Wales, Australia.
Crown Resorts

Crown suitability review brought forward in Victoria

Crown Resorts is facing more regulatory scrutiny after the Victorian Gaming Minister said she was fast-tracking the regular review of its suitability to hold a casino license and appointing a special commissioner to oversee the process.

NSW premier caught up in China casino inquiry

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian had a secret relationship with Australian politician Daryl Maguire, who is now under investigation for possible corruption for his alleged role in brokering deals and setting up government meetings for Chinese businessmen wanting to establish casinos in the Pacific islands.
NSW may move toward mandated cashless pokies

Victor Dominello: NSW’s evangelist of digitization

Victor Dominello, 53, is the New South Wales Minister for Customer Service. His portfolio includes oversight of gambling in the state, and he is shaking up the pokies industry with bold initiatives.
NSW may move toward mandated cashless pokies

NSW may move toward mandated cashless pokies

Patrons of poker machines in the state of New South Wales may soon be required to register for government-issued gambling cards and to be...
Crown Barangaroo

NSW taxpayers may foot bill for Crown probe results

New South Wales taxpayers may be liable for compensation payments in the event that the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority orders Crown Resorts to...

Crown inquiry told Macau junkets connected to organized crime

The New South Wales Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority’s probe of Crown Resorts heard testimony on Monday from a gaming expert who contends that...

Crown sale of shares to Melco facing accusations of regulatory breach

As the inquiry before former Supreme Court Judge Paddy Bergin got underway on Tuesday, Crown Resorts faced accusations that its failure to alert authorities...

Is Australia’s suitability bar set too high?

Two recent high-profile examples in Australia of deals not proceeding due to regulatory delays raise questions as to whether the approval process is taking too long, or whether the bar is set too high. An attempt by Tony Fung’s Aquis Group to buy the Reef Casino Hotel in Cairns failed because Queensland casino regulatory approvals were not obtained in time. The deal was publicly announced in February 2014 and more than nine months later, it lapsed. The reason is that Aquis had not responded to requests by the Queensland casino regulator for interviews and information in a timely way. Notwithstanding this, Aquis ultimately obtained approval to acquire the Canberra Casino.

Labor government would halve NSW racing tax

Labor leader Luke Foley has said he will halve taxes on racing bets in the Australian state of New South Wales should he win...
Life After Pogos

Life After POGOs – AGB Dossier

This Dossier results from the “Life After POGOs” editorial project by Asia Gaming Brief which culminated with a pop-up digital forum on 9th December to discuss potentials ramifications in the industry.

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

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 - Acquiring and Retaining iGaming Customers

Acquiring & Retaining iGaming Customers

In this AGB Webinar Series, we covered the newest strategies for iGaming player acquisition and retention.
Agbriefings February 21

Asia Gaming Briefings – Feb 2021 Edition

The world is bouncing back, or at least coming to grips with the fact that going forward not much will be the same as before. Commendably, this industry quickly understood the need to adapt to a new normal, and that the days of targeting the low hanging fruit of the VIP sector are gone.
asia gaming briefings Dec 20

Asia Gaming Briefings – Dec 2020 Edition

Over the years, many of the answers have been remarkably prescient in their forecasts for the near-term direction of Asia’s gaming industry. However, we can safely say that no one came anywhere close to guessing what 2020 may have had in store.
news, macau, gambling

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.