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Casinos, pubs expect increased slot replacement spend in 2021

As many as 90 percent of gaming venues surveyed in the recent J.P. Morgan 12th Annual Slot Survey said they intend to maintain or increase their slot replacement spend over the next year.

Your Daily Asia Gaming eBrief: Crown losing its casino license not likely, say analysts

Analysts are not convinced that Australia’s Crown Resorts, despite all of its failings, will be stripped of its Melbourne casino license. Simply put, the state’s economy has enough of a battle with lockdowns and there are enough jobs at risk without the casino closing already.

Crown losing its casino license not likely, say analysts

Crown Resorts is unlikely to have its casino license in Victoria revoked, despite a bombshell recommendation from Victorian Royal Commission counsel Adrian Finanzio to strip the casino of its license last week, according to industry experts. 

Your Daily Asia Gaming eBrief: Playing poker will actually change your mind

The Star Entertainment Group, who was all so gung-ho about a tie-up with rival Crown Resorts, has now clawed back its merger proposal, citing uncertainty in Crown being able to retain its Melbourne casino license. It comes only days after a royal commission inquiry recommended the stripping of Crown’s license in the state.

Star Entertainment retracts merger proposal with Crown

The Star Entertainment Group has retracted its proposal to merge with rival operator Crown Resorts, citing uncertainty in Crown being able to retain its Melbourne casino license.

Your Daily Asia Gaming eBrief: Online operators need to encourage RG tools

Analysts from J.P. Morgan believes that Crown is likely to retain its licenses in Victoria and Western Australia, despite the royal commission revealing a number of skeletons in the closet for the casino operator.

Crown likely to keep licenses, with conditions: J.P. Morgan

Despite Crown Resorts being dragged through the mud in the Victorian and Western Australian royal commission, analysts from J.P. Morgan believe the company will be able to retain its licenses in both states, but with conditions.

Star, Crown CEO discuss merger proposal

The CEOs of Australia’s Star Entertainment Group and Crown Resorts reportedly sat down in a virtual meeting last week in order to discuss the former company’s merger proposal. 

What are the ups and downs for a Crown/Star marriage?

A combined entity consisting of The Star Entertainment Group and Crown Resorts would create a behemoth gaming enterprise not just in Australia, but in the wider Asia gaming market, though market observers have flagged a number of regulatory hurdles that could hinder it from ever becoming a reality.

Blackstone likely down but not out

There are signs that Blackstone has not yet given up on Crown Resorts after Blackstone chief operating officer Jonathan Gray said his firm’s executives are “big believers in Australia” and was “committed to helping businesses realize their potential”.

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