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Singapore on cusp of regulatory overhaul

On 3 April 2020, the Ministry of Home Affairs of Singapore (MHA) announced that it will be reconstituting the Casino Regulatory Authority (CRA) to establish the Gambling Regulatory Authority (GRA) by 2021. The GRA will have an expanded mandate to regulate the entire gambling landscape in Singapore and aims to consolidate and optimize gambling regulatory resources within a single agency. 

Covid-19 changing the face of Macau

As Macau celebrated the 20th anniversary since the handover to China last December, there was no indication of how the gambling hub’s fortunes were...

Goa casino reopening facing numerous challenges

Despite being given the green light to reopen from November 1, Goa’s casinos are likely to be slow off the starting line for numerous reasons, including the fact that the state government has not issued needed guidelines and that the lack of tourism is likely to make operations unprofitable for the time being.

SkyCity doesn’t expect normality until 2022

SkyCity Entertainment Group says it doesn't expect to be back to full strength until 2022 and has prepared the business for the eventuality of further Covid-19 lockdowns.

Kangwon Land reopens at limited capacity

Kangwon Land has announced it has reopened its casino to visitors, operating at a limited capacity.
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Little upside seen for Genting group stock

There’s little current upside seen for the stock price of the sprawling Genting Group empire, with both the parent company and its Genting Malaysia unit at risk of losing their place on the benchmark FBM KLCI index.

Macau government taxes from junkets fall in 2019

The Macau government has received MOP299 million (US$48.8 million) in taxes on commissions paid by casinos to junket operators in 2019, a 24 per cent year-on-year drop, according to the last year’s budget execution report.

MGM Resorts upsizes notes offering to US$750 million

MGM Resorts said it has upsized a public note offering from $500 million to $750 million and will use the proceeds to refinance existing debt and for general corporate purposes.

JP Morgan warns on Macau stocks until VIPs return

Gambling on pent-up demand and hopes that the big rollers would return, analysts at J.P. Morgan made a bet on the gambling capital of the world. They are now cutting their losses.
500.com says no breach of foreign corrupt practices act

500 .com declares itself innocent

It has been ten months since the 500 Dot Com bribery case broke into public view, but the net of justice has yet to fall upon and to wring confessions out of those who are widely believed to be the most guilty.
Life After Pogos

Life After POGOs – AGB Dossier

This Dossier results from the “Life After POGOs” editorial project by Asia Gaming Brief which culminated with a pop-up digital forum on 9th December to discuss potentials ramifications in the industry.

Australian market report: How to adapt to the new normal

Covid-19 forced the rapid and unexpected closure of venues across Australia, changing the operating environment with unprecedented speed and leaving managers scrambling to adapt...
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Life After POGOs – AGB Pop-Up Forum

The Philippines and Asia’s online gaming industry is going through uncertain times, with the gaming regulator seeing more and more operators leaving the country for greener pastures.
AGB Webinar - Acquiring and Retaining iGaming Customers

Acquiring & Retaining iGaming Customers

In this AGB Webinar Series, we covered the newest strategies for iGaming player acquisition and retention.
AGB Webinar Attracting Players, Not Fraudsters

Attracting players, not fraudsters

With sports betting restarting we are now seeing traffic levels return to pre-COVID levels. The same is unfortunately true for fraudulent activities as operators tempt players, both new and existing, with lucrative bonuses and attractive game offerings.
asia gaming briefings Dec 20

Asia Gaming Briefings – Dec 2020 Edition

Over the years, many of the answers have been remarkably prescient in their forecasts for the near-term direction of Asia’s gaming industry. However, we can safely say that no one came anywhere close to guessing what 2020 may have had in store.
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Asia Gaming Briefings – Nov 2020 Edition

While nowhere in the world has escaped the economic fallout from the Covid-19 crisis, Macau has been hit harder than most, with forecasts for gross domestic product to shrink more than 50 percent this year.
asia gaming briefings OCT 20

Asia Gaming Briefings – Oct 2020 Edition

Before the Covid-19 crisis, tourism in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region was at a record high, on track to welcome 80 million visitors in 2019, generating some $90 billion in revenue.