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Wynn Resorts Ends Australia Talks After Premature Disclosure

Wynn Resorts has taken its offer for Crown Resorts off the table, just a day after confirmation of a potential takeover sent shares in the Australian operator soaring almost 20%.

Wynn Resorts Considers Buyout of Australia’s Crown Resorts

Wynn Resorts has made a big move in attempting a US$7.1 billion cash and stock buyout of major Australian IR operator Crown Resorts.

Hard Rock Confirms Interest in Gold Coast

Hard Rock International has confirmed its interest in bidding for a casino license on Australia’s Gold Coast, one of about twelve operators expected to contend for the project, local media reports.

Australian Study Finds Link Between Loot Boxes and Problem Gambling

An Australian Senate inquiry into “loot boxes” has found a link between the popular game feature and problem gambling amongst gamers.

Australasian Gaming Expo 2018 Sets New Attendance Record

The 29th annual Australasian Gaming Expo set a new attendance record with 8,638 visits, a 7 percent increase over the 2017 expo, already a record year.

Australia Resorts Upgrading to Woo Asia Tourists

Australia’s integrated resorts have been upgrading their facilities to capture a greater proportion of the expanding China outbound tourism market, as competition around Asia grows.

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.

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Privacy Important Issue When Policing Casino Worker Entry Ban

Privacy will be a significant hurdle to overcome for operators in enforcing the new casino worker entry ban, says MGM CEO Grant Bowie, TDM News reports.

Global Casinos Not Attracting Japan Tourists

Asia’s glitzy IRs and casinos around the world are not attracting large numbers of Japanese tourists, despite their propensity to gamble in pachinko parlors at home, operators on a panel at the World Gaming Executive Summit in Barcelona said.

The Road Ahead for Japanese IRs

With the passage of the IR Implementation Act on Friday evening, attention will soon begin to turn to the steps ahead.

Cafe de Paris Opens in Galaxy Macau

Galaxy Entertainment is building on its relationship with Monaco casino company Societe des Bains de Mer to bring a French bistro brand to its Galaxy Macau resort, building on Macau’s culinary repertoire.

Tourism Dramatically Expanding to Nagasaki’s Goto Islands

The Goto Islands in Nagasaki Prefecture are witnessing a dramatic growth in tourist numbers this year as travel agencies put a new focus on tourism to remote Japanese islands.