Cashless Gaming and Artificial Intelligence Will Reshape Casinos

Cashless gaming, artificial intelligence, and facial recognition technology will reshape casinos, but regulation will remain a key hurdle for years to come, said a panel of experts in Las Vegas last week.

Of MICE and Myths

Japan has made the highly lucrative MICE business one of the key pillars of its integrated resort policy, though it’s unlikely to knock Singapore off its perch as the regional leader any time soon, even with its shiny new properties.

Establishment of Casino Management Board Set for January 7

The Abe Cabinet adopted an ordinance on Friday to establish the long-awaited Casino Management Board on January 7, 2020.

Osaka Might Rent, Not Sell, Yumeshima Land to IR Operator

Osaka Mayor Ichiro Matsui is leaning toward a policy that would see the 49 hectares of land utilized for IR development at Yumeshima rented to the operator rather than sold.

Yokohama Launches RFC Process for Yamashita Pier IR

The Yokohama municipal government has launched its RFC process for private businesses interested in developing Yamashita Pier into a major urban IR.

MGM Asset Sales “Dry Powder” for Japan Bid

MGM Resorts’ accord to divest two major assets will raise US$4.3 billion in net proceeds and potentially raise funds for a development in Japan, according to analysts at Bernstein Research.

Mohegan Opens Office in Tomakomai, Hokkaido

Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment has announced the opening of its office in Tomakomai, Hokkaido, where it is one of several international IR operators hoping to build a regional IR.

California Indians Select Konami’s Casino Management System

The Morongo Band of Mission Indians, owners and operators of the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa near Palm Springs, California, have selected Konami Gaming’s Synkros casino management system for all of their expanding casino operations.