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Hard Rock Eyes Queensland IR

US casino operator Hard Rock International, which is seeking a license in Japan, has also emerged as a major contender in the race for the Gold Coast’s second casino license, Gold Coast Bulletin reports.

Crown Misconduct Claims Dismissed

Allegations of misconduct made against one of Australia’s largest casino operators have been dropped because the people who made the claims would not reveal their identity.

Roy Morgan: Mobile Betting on the Rise, But Overall Betting Down

Australians are increasingly using mobile devices to place bets. However, there are fewer punters taking bets overall compared to six years ago, said a report from research firm Roy Morgan.

AGE Expects “Biggest and Best” Year with New Program Additions

The Australasian Gaming Expo expects 2018 to be the “biggest and best” year yet in its 29 year history, with several new upgrades to its program.

Aquis and ESE Launch eSports Venture

Aquis Entertainment and Executive Sports and Entertainment (ESE) have reportedly launched a joint venture called QeSports to invest in the esports market.

Star Entertainment VIP Revenue Surges

Star Entertainment Group said its international VIP rebate business has continued to show strong growth into the second quarter, with turnover jumping almost 64 percent year to date.

Silver Heritage Appoints Entrepreneur as Non-Executive Chairman

Silver Heritage Group has appointed Australian entrepreneur James Spenceley as non-executive chairman and director, effective immediately.

Ho Open to Partnering with Packer Again

During an interview with CNBC’s Christine Tan, Melco Resorts Chairman and CEO Lawrence Ho said he “wouldn’t hesitate” to partner with Australian gaming mogul James Packer again should the opportunity arise.

Aristocrat Sees Growth in US and Digital Business Units

Australian slot manufacturer Aristocrat posted a rise in its half-year earnings, due mainly to ongoing expansion of its Americas and digital businesses.

Justin Fung Resigns, Canberra Project Gets Extension

Integrated resort operator Aquis Entertainment has announced the resignation of one of its key directors, Justin Fung. Mr. Fung is the son of Aquis chairman Tony Fung, a Hong Kong billionaire.

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Hard Rock to Open Tomakomai Office

Hard Rock Japan is preparing to open an office in Tomakomai, Hokkaido, in August or September, a further signal that the Orlando, Florida, based operator is focusing its IR efforts on this regional city.

Foreign Tourists May Also Face Gambling Profits Tax

Some foreign tourists who win at casino games at Japanese IRs may be hit with an income tax bill before they leave the country, according to a report in the Asahi Shinbun.

House of Councillors to Begin IR Bill Deliberations

The controversial IR Implementation Bill is set to begin its final stage toward enactment on Friday with deliberations launching in a plenary session of the House of Councillors.

Morgan Stanley Releases Bearish Note on Japan IRs

On Friday, the multinational investment bank and financial services company Morgan Stanley released a research note that suggested a degree of disappointment about the financial terms of the IR Implementation Act.

Osaka Governor Matsui Wants to Select IR Operator Within a Year

Just as he did with the IR Implementation Act, Osaka Governor Ichiro Matsui is once again pushing the national government to speed up its deliberations and to move with greater alacrity. He says that Osaka wants to tentatively select its operator partner within a year with an eye to opening the Yumeshima IR by 2024.