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Which casinos are open?

With so many lockdowns and restrictions happening across Asia's gaming jurisdictions, it is easy to lose track of which casinos are currently open, closed,...

Online betting boosts Japan’s local horse racing

Revenue figures across Japan show that online betting for local horse racing, perhaps in part driven by the pandemic, are hitting all-time record figures. Japan’s...
Macau

Mass market dominance grows in Macau Q1

Macau’s Q1 gross gambling revenue breakdown clearly shows the mass market pulling ahead of the VIP sector, which is struggling to recover from the double-whammy of Covid and policy pressures in China.
Macau tourists

Macau visitor numbers on upward trend

Macau’s slow but steady recovery continues to show evidence after recording its highest daily record of visitor arrivals since the start of the pandemic on Friday, with a total of 34,252 visitor arrivals.
Macau, gross gambling revenue

Macau to reduce blue cards if unemployment continues rise

Macau Labor Affairs Bureau (DSAL) deputy director believes there will be fewer blue-card holders in Macau if the unemployment rate continues to rise. The last time unemployment was this high was around 2009-2011, shortly after the global financial crisis. Chan added that some industries will suffer more than others. 
Bobby Soper, Mohegan Sun

Interview with Bobby Soper: Expansion in Korea and hopes for Japan [video]

Bobby Soper, the newly appointed international president at Mohegan Sun, talks to Asia Gaming Brief about the group’s vision for its resort in Incheon, South Korea and aspirations for a license in Nagasaki, Japan. He says the group’s entertainment-focused, non-gaming model will help to cushion Mohegan from the notorious volatility in South Korea’s foreigner-only casino market.

Pachinko revenues running 75% pre-pandemic levels

Across Japan, pachinko parlor revenues are running at about 75 percent of the levels that they attained before the onset of the Covid pandemic.
Macau, tourism, stimulus package

Gaming focus, China policies constrain Macau credit rating

Macau's narrow economic base and its high concentration of tourists from China restrain the city's credit rating and have contributed to historically high levels of gross domestic product volatility, Fitch Ratings says.
Macau, VIP, GGR

Macau VIP constrained by supply issues in 21Q1

VIP GGR in Macau during the first quarter held at around 20 percent of pre-covid-19 levels according to a note from JP Morgan on Wednesday. 
RMB, digital Yuan

Digital yuan has far-reaching implications for Macau gaming

Macau’s government finally confirmed on Tuesday that the adoption of a digital yuan is on the table in what’s likely to be a gamechanger for the industry and its junket operators.

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