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Stricter casino regulations spawn illegal gambling dens

In early June, a nondescript three-storey yellow building in a smart area of Lalitpur, south of the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, became the site of one of the biggest crackdowns on illegal gambling in the country. It was found due to a series of raids cracking down on illegal gambling, which has risen since Nepal introduced new legislation to raise standards in its casinos, with a locals ban now strictly enforced. 

Yokohama casino seen having strong domestic base

An IR built in Yokohama, near Tokyo, could expect to have a local market population of about 38.6 million adults, with the potential to...

Macau will not renew non-local exec work permits

Macau’s six concessionaires may soon be required to place more locals into managerial positions, following the latest plans from Macau’s Labor Affairs Bureau, local...

Vietnam’s gaming decree imminent, locals to be allowed in two IRs

The ruling Communist Party of Vietnam has recently made it clear that it supports the creation of a new gaming industry and will allow local Vietnamese to enter designated casinos on a trial basis. AGB spoke to Prof. Augustine Ha Ton Vinh about the new legislation during the East Meets West Regulators Summit in the Philippines, Oct. 26-28, 2016. Vinh is a Vietnam gaming expert and Senior Advisor to the Van Don Special Economic Zone and Integrated Resorts. He was a guest speaker at the Summit and told us locals will be allowed in two venues.

Ted Chan: We haven’t laid off staff in 10 years

Melco Crown’s COO, Ted Chan says the company has “never laid off our colleagues in the past, maybe, 10 years in Macau,” in response...

Vietnam, Cambodia to lock horns over mass play

In June, Vietnam took the long-awaited step and sent a draft decree that could pave the way for locals to gamble to the National Assembly. There’s been much speculation over the impact a change in the law will have for both Vietnam and neighboring Cambodia’s casino industries and whether Vietnam will finally be able claw back revenues lost over the border.

Government mulls second casino for locals

South Korea’s People’s Party are seeking to submit a revision bill that would pave the way for a second casino allowing Korean nationals to...

Chinese blue-collar workers see lottery as means of investment

Almost 50 percent of China’s post-90s blue-collar workers consider lottery tickets as a means of investment, according to the Tsinghua Media Survey Lab. The results,...

Locals banned from casinos in Sikkim, entry fee hiked

The Sikkim government has banned locals from entering casinos and playing in live casinos, Glaws reports, quoting the official gazette. As per the notification, “only...

Bloomberry’s Solaire launches brand campaign in Macau

Philippines-based casino Solaire Resort and Casino has taken its brand campaign and promotions to Macau, reports Macau Daily Times. The creative marketing agency, Conde Group,...
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Knowledge trumps content in Asia’s complex i-gaming world

In Asia’s complex and diverse igaming landscape, having the right content means business success only if one more key ingredient is included - market knowledge. 

Instant and secure deposits

AstroPay is the pioneer payment solution for thousands of consumers in Latin America, Asia and Africa, who want to purchase online on international sites, that helps merchants access new markets through its main product, AstroPay Card.

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...

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 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.
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Winning the Chinese Tourist & China Tourism Blacklist

The AGB Webinar hears from Professor Wolfgang Arlt of COTRI, Shirley Tam of Okada Manila and Desmond Lam of UMAC to discuss future expectations...
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South Korea Casino Recovery

The fifth edition of the AGB Webinar Series will take you to South Korea, one of the first countries to reopen their gaming industry...

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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.
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Asia Gaming Briefings – Oct 2020 Edition

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Asia Gaming Briefings – Sep 2020 Edition

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