Caesars Entertainment: Pioneer of Responsible Gaming

Caesars Entertainment introduced and institutionalized the industry’s first Responsible Gaming (RG) effort in the 1980s. Caesars believes that corporate social responsibility is a critical factor for continued business success, and takes an integrated approach based on clear objectives, measurable outcomes, and scientific evidence.

National Policymakers Discuss Gambling Addiction Countermeasures

Makoto Nakagawa, deputy-secretary general of the Abe Cabinet’s Office of Integrated Resort Regime Promotion—an elite bureaucrat and arguably the single-most influential individual at this juncture when it comes to designing specific policies related to the establishment of Japan’s IR industry—remained for the entire three hours of an event in Tokyo on Thursday that discussed public policymaking regarding anti-gambling addiction countermeasures in Canada.

Hokkaido Experts Committee Acknowledges Tomakomai As Leading IR Candidate

The Experts Committee established by Hokkaido Governor Harumi Takahashi held its third meeting on Wednesday and declared that among the three municipalities vying for prefectural government’s support, Tomakomai clearly held the advantage.

Playtech Gains Monopoly Status in the Philippines

UK-listed gaming supplier Playtech has become the monopoly provider of Random Number Generator (RNG) casino games in Philippines, after gaining PAGCOR’s first and only Gaming Software Provider certification, Calvin Ayre reports.

Wakayama Prefecture Publishes Revised IR Plan

On Tuesday the Wakayama Prefectural Government published its revised IR plan taking into account aspects of the IR Implementation Act and suggestions made by the 33 companies, including seven international IR operators, that participated in the RFI process which concluded in August.

Midnight Bicycle Racing Revenues Record 13.7% Annual Growth

Midnight Bicycle Racing is boosting the otherwise flagging revenues of bicycle racing across the nation. According to the latest figures released by the National Bicycle Racing Enforcement Council, Midnight Bicycle Racing revenues combined with the associated telephone bets were up 13.7% nationally in the April-September period over the previous year’s figures, and they accounted for 45.1% of all bicycle racing income.

Universal Entertainment to Acquire US$17.8 Million in Treasury Stock

Universal Entertainment Corporation says it will be spending up to 2 billion yen (about US$17.8 million) to acquire the company’s common stock and converting it to Treasury stock.

Sega Sammy Seeks Future as Major International IR Operator

Sega Sammy Holdings released its 150-page “Integrated Report 2018” this week in which, among other things, the company proclaims its intention to be “on an equal footing with world-famous IR operators” both domestically and internationally.

Six Operators Remain in Tomakomai IR Race

It would appear that the competition to partner with the Tomakomai municipal government has now narrowed down to six serious suitors—Caesars, Hard Rock, Mohegan, Rush Street, Clairvest, and Foxwoods.

Japan Well Represented at G2E Las Vegas

This year’s Global Gaming Expo (G2E) held at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas was once again a success. Organized by the American Gaming Association (AGA) and Reed Exhibitions, the event features over 450 exhibitors and routinely draws over 20,000 visitors from more than 100 countries.