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Australia Considers Facial Scanning for Online Gambling

Australia’s Department of Home Affairs has suggested the use of facial recognition technology to confirm people’s age and identity in order to restrict access to gambling websites, local media reports.

Cashless Gambling a Way of the Future

Cashless gaming is seen as the next significant technology trend to hit the gaming floors, but experts believe there will still be work needed to ensure that regulators and other industry stakeholders can get on board.

Senators Call for Inquiry into Allegations Against Crown Resorts

Several Australian senators have called for an independent inquiry into allegations that Crown Resorts was promoting illegal gambling promotion operations in China, that it was facilitating visas for VIPs and had close links to organized crime.

Whistleblower Makes Accusations Against Crown Resorts

A former employee of Crown Resorts has accused the company of engineering an illegal high-roller gambling promotion operation across China that led to the arrest of herself and 18 colleagues in 2016, local media reports.

Melco Agrees to Buy US$1.2 Billion Crown Stake

Melco Resorts & Entertainment said it agreed to buy an almost 20% stake in Crown Resorts for A$1.75 billion (about US$1.2 billion) just two years after the Australian company withdrew from a decade-long venture with the Macau-based operator.

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.

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Premium Consumer Class to Double by 2025: Bernstein

Bernstein analysts are predicting the number of China’s premium consumer class to increase nearly two fold over the next seven years, reaching 117 million.

Poker Likely to Be Permitted at Japanese Casinos

According to a report in the Mainichi Shinbun, poker is expected to be allowed at Japanese casinos within IRs.

Foreign Tourism on Pace to Smash 30 Million Mark in 2018

Figures released recently by the Japan Tourism Agency found that, once again, the annual number of foreign tourists visiting the country will set a new record in 2018, most likely well above the 30 million mark.

Macau May GGR Rose Lower-Than-Expected 12.1 Percent

Macau’s gross gaming revenue rose 12.1 percent in May, below analysts’ forecasts, with June expected to record a further slowdown as players are distracted by the FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.

First Wakayama RFI Briefing Attracts 49 Companies

The first of two briefings regarding the RFI process of Wakayama’s expected IR bid revealed strong interest from the business community as a total of 49 companies sent representatives to the event.