Your Daily Asia Gaming eBrief: Crown Sydney opens… sans casino

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Good morning, 

The landmark Crown Sydney facility has finally opened to the public! The celebrations, however, have been put on hold after such a bruising year of suitability hearings and amidst a new cluster of Covid-19 cases in the city. It also remains to be seen if Crown will be granted its casino license and, if so, under what conditions. In South Korea they’ve also been dealing with an upsurge in the pandemic, leading the extension of closure periods for some casinos. There are also a good number of fresh headlines today, and so…

First, the news

What you need to know

Crown Sydney opens with no casino and new NSW Covid outbreak

Crown Resorts opened the doors to its $2.2 billion ($1.66 billion) Crown Sydney property on Monday, but without the fanfare that accompanies the openings of such mega projects after a bruising year of suitability hearings and amidst a new cluster of Covid-19 cases in the city. The company forged ahead with plans to open after receiving a provisional liquor license from the Liquor and Gaming NSW. However, the casino component will remain shuttered until regulators give their response to findings in the probe.  

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South Korea casinos extend closures through the holidays

South Korea has lost control of its Covid-19 pandemic as never before, and this is triggering additional delays in casino reopenings. December 24 was the worst day of the nation’s pandemic so far with a record 1,237 new cases being reported. The daily figures are considerably direr than during the country’s first spike in cases in late February-early March.

The year that changed the game

Peter Johns

Hard work to be rewarded in 2021

With all the trade shows cancelled and extensive travel bans enforced, it’s been almost impossible to show our customers the new product lines we’ve built this year. That said, interest from progressive casinos who see the benefits we offer has been gratefully immense. This has kept us uniquely busy, shipping trial units to a number of sites, or hosting Zoom meetings to remotely introduce our new product line.

Tim Shepherd

Vietnam growth to gain momentum

Looking into 2021 for hidden gems / growth stories in land based – outside major VIP IR projects – there are two types of market best poised to recover and succeed. Firstly those with domestic demand, either through local and foreign resident play and secondly those able to secure a travel bubble arrangement between source markets and destinations featuring gaming.

Sudhir Kale

Startling stock reality gap

The most surprising phenomenon in 2020 for me was the elevated stock prices for casino companies. Overall, the stock market looks increasingly divorced from economic reality, and nowhere is this phenomenon more pronounced than in the case of casino stocks.

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