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Ganapati Launching Manny Pacquiao-Themed Slot in September

Calling it a product that will highlight the mutually supportive relations between Japan and the Philippines, Ganapati announced plans to release a Manny Pacquiao-themed slot game in September this year, with proceeds to be channelled to the legendary boxer’s foundation, which supports children’s education in the Philippines.

Konami Announces Opus Slot Machine Debut in Europe

Konami has announced that its big-screen video Opus slot machine has made its debut in Europe, with a bank of three Opus machines added to the luxury 200-machine slot floor at Casinò Fortuna in Slovenia.

Melco Delays Opening City of Dreams Mediterranean

The opening of Melco’s IR in Cyprus has been pushed back six months due to the extensive infrastructure needed, local media reports.

Cyprus Tourism Official Praises Melco’s Efforts

Cyprus’ deputy minister of tourism Saavas Perdios has praised Melco’s City of Dreams Mediterranean project for being an “important contributor” to the country’s tourism efforts.

Melco Opens Cyprus Satellite Casino

Melco Resorts & Entertainment has launched the first of four planned satellite casinos on the island of Cyprus, local media reports.

Casinos Austria

Casinos Austria International was established in 1976 as the international arm of its parent company, Casinos Austria AG, whose own history traces back to 1934. They claim that since their founding Casinos Austria International has operated in 35 countries and opened 215 casinos and entertainment facilities.

Melco Cyprus Casino Sees 175,000 Visitors Since June

Melco’s temporary casino in Cyprus has seen more than 175,000 visitors since opening its doors in June, according to its property president.

Melco Has Rollercoaster Ride in Cyprus

Melco Resorts and Entertainment, a Macau-based casino operator that has been one of the most proactive in seeking a license in Japan, says its new resort on the island of Cyprus in the Mediterranean has had a disappointing first week of operations.

Melco Cyprus Temporary Casino to Open June 28

On Friday, Melco International Development held a ceremonial groundbreaking of City of Dreams Mediterranean, with expectations that the project’s first phase will open by 2021.

Ganapati Adds Japanese Culture to Online Casino Market

Ganapati entered the international online casino market in April after more than a year of preparation, aiming to bring an unique Japanese look appealing to gamblers and gamers alike.

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Wakayama Seminar Draws In the Business Community

The Wakayama IR Business Connect Seminar was held on the late afternoon of the 19th and was successful in drawing interest from a large cross-section of the local business community, as well as domestic and international media.

Carl Icahn Gains Three Seats on Caesars’ Board of Directors

Caesars Entertainment agreed last week to allow investor Carl Icahn to appoint three directors to its company board, indicating that a substantial change of policy direction is in the offing as Mark Frissora steps down at the end of April.

Analysts Less Optimistic Than Operators About Japan

Investment analysts are far less optimistic about the prospects for the casino market in Japan than the operators who are pushing hard for a license, warning that returns and gross gambling revenue may fall far short of high expectations.

Hokkaido Gambling Addiction Council Holds Nation’s First Meeting

The Hokkaido Gambling Addiction Countermeasure Promotion Council held its first meeting last Thursday at the prefectural government office, with topics such as the procedures for status checks on gambling addiction in the prefecture discussed among council leaders.

Problem Gambling Hotline Receives 503 Calls in February

In the month of February, the Recovery Support Network (RSN), a pachinko addiction helpline headed by Naoyuki Nishimura, received a total of 503 calls to its hotline, 41 cases more than in the previous month.