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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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Anti-Graft Watchdog Says PAGCOR Disrespecting Supreme Court

The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation has shown “shameless disrespect to the Supreme Court” by ignoring decisions that the gaming regulator had no legal authority over online gaming, local media reports an anti-graft organization as saying.

Ho Unveils Cutting-Edge Concepts for Macau IRs

Melco Resorts & Entertainment CEO Lawrence Ho says its Hollywood-themed Studio City resort will be ramping up its entertainment offerings in an “insane” way as part of the group’s determination to be at the cutting edge and stand out from other IRs.

Wakayama Launches RFI Process

The Wakayama Prefectural Government on Tuesday launched its RFI process for its anticipated IR bid, to be conducted by its new consulting company, EY.

Long Road for the Japan Casino School

Masayoshi Oiwane, head of the Japan Casino School, has been working for almost two decades to bring the IR industry to his nation, and now the graduates of his school are well-positioned to gain jobs on the casino floor.

Shiokawa Blasts American Influence over IR Legislation

Tetsuya Shiokawa, a seven-term House of Representatives lawmaker of the Japan Communist Party, has been arguing repeatedly that the Japanese government has changed the shape of the IR Implementation Bill to suit the preferences of powerful American businessmen—and he’s not pleased about it.