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‘Carnival Cow’ another progressive slot hit: L&W team

The "Coin Combo" family of casino slot titles is doing well in Asian markets. Carnival Cow was the first slot machine game to be approved in Macau under the latest technical compliance rules. The Philippines is the biggest market in Asia for slot machines. The new Kascada cabinet has a high-resolution curved 4K screen and distinctive reflector side lighting. It stands out well on a casino floor thanks to the high resolution screen.
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Cambodia, China pledge to crack down on online gambling

Cambodia and China have signed an agreement to strengthen cooperation. The agreement was reached during the visit of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to Cambodia last week. It includes efforts to crack down on online gambling and telecommunications scams. Cambodia has a sizeable, licensed casino industry. Vietnam signed a similar agreement with China last month. It was aimed at boosting general tourism from China. A pandemic-related limit on outbound foreign travel was a reason for the Vietnam agreement.
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Our November/December issue, which rounds off 2022, focuses mainly on the Asian continent, with our cover feature zoning in on the Philippines, Singapore and Macau. Check it out on

Our November/December issue, which rounds off 2022, focuses mainly on the Asian continent, with our cover feature zoning in on the Philippines, Singapore and Macau. Check it out on
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Osaka officials propose draft safer gambling ordinance

Osaka officials propose a draft ordinance to introduce measures for the countering of gambling addictions. The legislation was provisionally approved yesterday and will be debated by the superior Osaka Prefecture Assembly during the autumn session. Osaka is hoping to secure one of Japan's coming three casino licenses.
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‘Golden Week’ cheer for Macau casino industry

More than 182,000 people visited Macau during the recent 'Golden Week' holiday period. 89% of them came from mainland China. Daily average of 26,00 visitors was 32.8% higher than for the whole of September.
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SJM satellites Ponte 16, Kam Pek to continue ops to Dec

Success Universe Group Ltd, an investor and promoter in Macau casino hotel Ponte 16, has agreed with casino operator SJM Holdings Ltd to extend the provision of gaming services at the property until the end of this year. Paradise Entertainment Ltd also agreed to extended the gaming service at Casino Kam Pek until December. The current licences are due to expire on June 26. Macao's six casino operators had already applied to the Macaese government for an extension until Dec. 31 of their existing rights. The extension gives time for the government to prepare a new public tender for Macai's gaming permits.
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‘Ying Cai Shen’ first IGT slot product from Beijing studio

Ying Cai Shen is a linked progressive slot machine product from International Game Technology Plc. It is the first product developed by the brand's Beijing game-design studio. The Ying Cia Shen platform is available in Macau, the Philippines, and Malaysia. Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa will have the latest IGT slots. Two games from the Ying cia shen family could be available there in the fourth quarter. iGT is excited about the Singapore casino sector's recovery.
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‘Ying Cai Shen’ first IGT slot product from Beijing studio
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Non-China VIPs key target for Asia casinos: marketers

Non-China VIPs are key target for Asia casinos. China has been exercising a zero-tolerance approach to community infection since the Covid-19 pandemic. Chinese authorities have also emphasised a crackdown on citizens travelling overseas for casino play or being involved in online betting. The country has amended its criminal code to outlaw anyone assisting others in such activity from March 1, 2021. South Korean and Vietnamese expats living, working and owning businesses in destination markets will be a battleground in Asian markets. Hoiana, a casino resort in Vietnam, has a foreigner-only casino and has launched luxury hotel accommodation on a phased basis.
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Gambling Regulatory Authority watchdog launched in Singapore

Gambling Regulatory Authority watchdog launched in Singapore. New law came into effect from the start of this month. It introduced stiffer penalties for those found guilty of conducting or facilitating unlawful gambling activities and made it illegal to participate in ‘proxy gambling’
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Determined departure for Macau Legend Development Limited

Legend Development Limited has stopped being responsible for the casinos within the Legend Palace Hotel and Babylon Casino Macau developments. The company had offered gaming within both of these properties under piggy-backed ‘satellite casino’ agreements with larger operator SJM Holdings Limited. However, these arrangements have been cancelled after the local government passed legislation that could oblige such companies to truly own any properties in which they hope to offer gambling entertainment.
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Microchip lack felt by slot makers says MGEMA boss Chun

Microchip shortage is biggest challenge for gaming machine manufacturers, says Jay Chun, president of the Macau Gaming Equipment Manufacturers Association. The association has 100 members, including slot machine and casino equipment manufacturers and suppliers. Regulators make it difficult to source components more quickly. Logistics has improved recently. He also chairs Hong Kong-listed casino and gaming management services firm, Paradise Entertainment Ltd. which produces gaming technology under the LT Game brand. It's a big problem to get all the components certified before using them. They can't use one chip today and another tomorrow.
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Coronavirus consternation for Macau casinos

June's gross gaming revenues for Macau casinos fell by over 62% year-on-year to a 21-month low of $306.47 million. The figure is 25.9% below the $413.37 million recorded for the month of May.
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Macau’s draft gaming bill is taking shape

Legislators in Macau are preparing to throw out a provision in the draft gaming bill that would prevent anyone with more than a 5% shareholding in a local casino operator from investing with any rival firm.
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Macau’s draft gaming bill is taking shape
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Tax reduction possibility for Macau casino firms

JPMorgan Chase and Company forecast that the over 40 casinos in Macau could boost their earnings by up to 15% a year if the local government decides to decrease the rate of its gross gaming revenues tax.
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Macau casinos experienced an April slump

Macau casinos experienced a slump in April. Their gross gaming revenues for April declined by over 68% year-on-year to hit a 19-month low of $331.19 million.
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Macau casinos experienced an April slump
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Integrated casino resort green light for Nagasaki Prefecture

Local legislators for Nagasaki Prefecture have voted in favor of the plan that could see the jurisdiction’s Huis Ten Bosch theme park feature a Las Vegas-style integrated casino resort by the end of 2027. The plan was published by Kyushu Prefectural Government on Monday.
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March improvement for South Korean casino operators

Paradise Company Limited's gross gaming revenues for March decreased by 11.8% year-on-year to approximately $15.58 million. However, it represents a boost of 11% compared to the $13.93 million recorded for February.
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Gambling Control Act ratified in Singapore

Parliament of Singapore approved the proposed Gambling Control Act on Friday. The act will establish an official regulatory agency for all local forms of gambling. It was formulated under the purview of the Ministry of Home Affairs.
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Gambling Control Act ratified in Singapore
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Enterprise enlargement for Kangwon Land Casino

Kangwon Land Incorporated plans to expand the gaming floor within its Kangwonland Casino property by 10% to 166,690 sq ft. The aggregate capacity within the facility's bars and restaurants will be increased by 71.4%.
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Manila tougher restrictions, casinos at limited capacity

Metro Manila is under the more restrictive alert level 3 since January 3. The alert is in response to an increase in Covid-19 infections in the region. At least one casino resort at Entertainment City confirms that its gaming floor remains open, but with limited capacity. The maximum number of people allowed to play at a table per table is three. Slot machines are spaced one seat's-width apart. People aged 21 and above are allowed on the premises. It's not clear if other casinos in Entertainment city are also operating under more strict measures.
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Junket exit, pandemic 2022 risk for APAC casinos: pundits

The year 2022 is likely to be challenging for casinos in the Asia-Pacific region. Industry commentators say the decline of junkets that hosted Chinese gamblers in Macau and elsewhere in Southeast Asia, and the ongoing travel restrictions linked to the Covid-19 pandemic are the main reasons. China has also made it a criminal offence for anyone to enable Chinese customers to gamble overseas. Ben Lee, founder of casino industry consultancy IGamiX Management & Consulting Ltd, believes the reliance on high-value Chinese players is no longer relevant.
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Seoul casino being moved by Grand Korea Leisure Company Limited

Grand Korea Leisure Company Limited will relocate its Seven Luck-branded gambling enterprise from the Millennium Hilton Seoul to the Seoul Dragon City Hotelplex development. The foreigner-only casino will be moved before the first day of 2023 and will run under an initial lease expiring in August of 3032.
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Fitch Ratings Incorporated warning for trio of Macau casino giants

Fitch Ratings Incorporated has assigned a trio of firms behind some of the largest casinos in Macau with a ‘ratings watch negative’ due to ongoing “regulatory uncertainty”. The assessment also reflects the fact that the three have yet to get their local gaming licenses renewed beyond a looming late-June cut-off.
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Macau police arrest 11 for alleged illegal gambling

Macau police arrest 11 people for alleged illegal gambling. Arrests come a day after junket mogul Alvin Chau is questioned by police in the special administrative region. He organises trips to Asian casinos for big-spending gamblers. He is also the founder of Suncity, the Chinese special. administrative area’s biggest junkets operator. Macau itself is known as the Las Vegas of Asia and has grown rich from the gambling industry.
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Potential integrated casino resort move for Kuwana

Kuwana is considering applying for one of the coming licenses to build and operate a Las Vegas-style integrated casino resort. Kuwana will be vying with three other cities for the license.
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Potential integrated casino resort move for Kuwana
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Macau ETGs also with time warning clock end 2024: DICJ

Macau's electronic table games and slot machines have to have a clock warning players about the time they have spent on the device by the end of 2024. The information was confirmed by Macau’s casino regulator, the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau. GGRAsia confirmed with the regulator that by 2024 all player screens on Macao casino slot machine must be fitted with an intermittently flashing clock showing the local time.
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Continued litigation on US$12B claim against Las Vegas Sands in Macau

Las Vegas Sands' accountant says the alleged value of a claim filed in 2019 is exaggerated. Marshall Hao's Asian American Entertainment Corp Ltd is seeking US$12 billion in damages. The dispute dates back to 2001 when the Asian Gaming mecca of Macau was in transition from the Ho family controlling a monopoly on all gaming there to a robust regulated multinational competitive environment.
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Casinos open to just vaccinated punters

As of last week, Singapore's casino resorts require fully vaccinated visitors to enter. The resort is run by a unit of Las Vegas Sands Corp. and the parent company of Macau-based Sands China Ltd. The resorts have previously reported Covid-19 cases and had to undergo quarantine. From 20 October, Marina Bay Sands will implement the “vaccination-differentiated safe management measures” across the entire property.
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Reflective request from Nagasaki Prefecture

Officials in Nagasaki Prefecture want more information on the consortium being led by Casinos Austria International. The Kyushu authority selected the enterprise to serve as the preferred operating partner for its tilt at winning one of the coming three integrated casino resort licenses.
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Reflective request from Nagasaki Prefecture
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Integrated casino resort schedule from Wakayama Prefecture

The government for Wakayama Prefecture wants to have agreed a draft development plan for its envisioned integrated casino resort before the end of November. Clairvest Neem Ventures Company Limited was named as the preferred operating partner for the proposed Las Vegas-style venue in June.
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Integrated casino resort schedule from Wakayama Prefecture
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Nagasaki assembly question on casino RFP complaints

Two suitors were rejected from the Nagasaki prefectural assembly's RFP for a casino resort. They had complained about the selection process. The prefecture has signed a master agreement with Casinos Austria International Japan Inc for the latter to develop and operate an IR in the pre-fecture. It expects to submit its own application to the national government by spring 2022. Up to three casino resorts will be permitted in Japan under the liberalisation framework.
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Coming clock mandate for Macau slots

All land-based video slots in Macau will have to have an on-screen clock as standard by the conclusion of 2024. The directive is contained in the new Electronic Gaming Machine Technical Standards 2.0 regulations.
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Coming clock mandate for Macau slots
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Macau may end casino sub-concessions, directly monitor ops

Macau government wants to end the system of sub-concessions and create a new one. There are also plans for government-appointed delegates to oversee how gaming operators fulfil their concession duties. The consultation period is from Wednesday (September 15) until October 29. The existing six gaming concessions are due to expire in June 2022. Macau's Secretary for Economy and Finance, Lei Wai Nong, wants the public to give their views on the maximum number of gaming concessionaires allowed in the city. He declined to comment on whether the current permits would be extended.
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Macau casinos must feature flashing clocks on all slots by 2024

Macau has brought its Electronic Gaming Machine Technical Standards version 2.0 into force on 1 September. All slot machines must have a flashing clock on them by the end of 2024. The clock is for the promotion of responsible gaming. There is a grace period for manufacturers to retrofit existing slot machine with the necessary software. The clocks must flash at the start of a new play session and at least once every 10 minutes for a total of 12 hours.
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Singapore casinos see some non-gaming capacity loosened

Singapore's two casino complexes have been allowed to boost guest capacity at some non-gaming attractions to 50 percent of pre-pandemic levels since Thursday. The new capacity cap coincides with the city-state having concluded a series of community countermeasures regarding Covid-19. The government body is responsible for monitoring the response of the casino resorts to Covids- 19 risk management. Singapore Tourism Board announced the easing of several safety management measures for leisure attractions with effect from Thursday, including the maximum capacity for indoor and outdoor shows to 1,000 people.
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Metro Manila casinos shut from Aug 6 amid pandemic: ops

Metro Manila casinos are temporarily closed from August 6 to August 20 due to a pandemic. The Okada Manila casino resort confirms that gaming operations will be suspended. City of Dreams Manila confirms to GGRAsia that the whole property will close from 6 August to 20 August. Solaire Resort and Casino confirms it will continue on a limited basis until August 5. The casino complex's three hotels have been out of action since July 31. Some pending bookings for staycation breaks at Okadas Manila will also be offered other slots.
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Prosecutions of gambling-related crimes on the rise in China

46,575 people were prosecuted in the first six months of 2021 for gambling-related crimes. 86.3% of these indictments were for the establishment of casinos. Macau is the only territory in China where traditional casino gambling is allowed.
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Japan IR law, casino regulations, effective from July 19

Japan's Integrated Resorts Implementation Act is to take effect on July 19. The enforcement regulations of the Japan Casino Regulatory Commission will also take place on the same date. Local governments interested in hosting a large-scale casino complex with facilities for tourism and meetings are unlikely to open until 2026 at the earliest. The IR Implementation act was promulgated on 26 July 2018. It stipulated that the basic policy for the development of integrated resorts should be put forward within two years of its promulgation.
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Major step for coming Japanese casino market

The Integrated Resorts Implementation Act was ratified in the summer of 2018. It lays out the basic rules governing the nation's planned trio of integrated casino resorts. The casinos will be run under 40-year licenses and permitted to offer a large range of currently banned games.
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Pagcor gets separate teams to monitor IRs, Internet gaming

Pagcor has two teams of officials to oversee land-based casino licensees and online-game operators. The move is part of recent organisational changes. Pagcor created a Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Department in June. It is responsible for all licensed casinos in Entertainment City, the Clark group of casinos and Thunderbird casinos. It also issued updated casino regulatory manual (CRM) forms for adoption by licensed casino operators last month. E-Sabong is a live cockfighting event streamed or broadcast from a government-authorised cockpit arena.
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Kangwon Land granted new 3-yr casino licence to Dec 2023

Kangwon Land Inc, operator of Kangwonland, has had a new three-year gaming licence approved on Monday. The new licence term is from January 1, 2021, to December 31, 2023. Kang won Land is the only casino in South Korea permitted to offer bets to locals. It will be allowed to run 20 hours per day, 180 gaming tables will have been authorised, and 169 slot machines and 1.191 other electronic games will also be permitted.
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The Philippines allows three domestic casino licences

Solaire Resort and Casino, Resorts World Manila and Okada Manila were allowed to start offering online services for table games and slots. The new licence system launched in the Philippines allows operators to offer gaming services to domestic players. Last week, Metro Manila extended its lockdown until 14 May. Nomura suggests it might not be enough. The Philippines has a fairly low vaccination rate with an increasing number of Covid-19 cases.
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Online gambling fraud on the rise in Singapore

In Singapore, victims have lost over $11.6 billion to online gambling scammers. Most online gaming is illegal in the former British outpost. Some punters have been signing up for applications promising a range of games including baccarat and mahjong.
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Dynam looks to get casino video slots into Singapore

Dynam Japan Holdings is seeking Singapore approval for its casino video slot machine products. The products feature a pachinko game concept and have already been installed in two casinos in Macau. Dynam Japan is still looking to register a profit for the current fiscal year ending March 31, 2021. Singapore’s two casino properties Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa have been closed since April 7 to counter the local spread of Covid-19. The casinos will stay shuttered beyond June 1. It is hoped the new regulations will help to boost the Singapore casino industry.
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