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t isour pleasure each year tobe able todedicateone issue
Inside Asian Gaming
to the business men and women
who are leading the way for this most dynamic of the
world’s gaming regions as itmarches toward the future.
A rapidmarch it’s been, too. Much has changed since we
publishedour last
AsianGaming 50.
Twelve months ago
, casino legalization in Japan, the third-
largest economy in the world, the second-largest in Asia, was a
desire expressed by a coalition of national lawmakers. —
legalization ison thevergeof reality, perhapsnomore than thenext
legislative session away.
Twelve months ago
, the government of South Korea had
entertained proposals by foreign investors for two large-scale
resorts and rejected them both.—
, three large-scale resorts
could be starting construction within months, and it’s a strong
possibilitymore areon theway.
,CrownResortswas lobbying thegovernment
of Queensland for a casino to compete with Echo Entertainment’s
small and aging venue in Brisbane. —
, the state is in the
throes of the largest expansion of resort gaming in Australian
history. Multibillion-dollar destinations have been approved in
Gold Coast and on the Great Barrier Reef, and not only is the
Crown-Echo rivalry hotter than ever, but now major Chinese
investors are in the fray.
Twelve months ago
, Vietnam’s first destination resort was
brand new and struggling to overcome a ban on domestic play
that looked unshakeable as ever. —
, new regulations are
headed to the prime minister to finally open the massive home
market, and if that happens, big, big money will be looking to
get in.
Twelve months ago
, the high-profile management at Manila’s
Solaire Resort & Casino had just been fired after two quarters of
disappointing returns.—
,Solaire isexpanding, itsoperational
legs firmly under it,MelcoCrown is opening a giant gaming resort
next door, and thePhilippines isshapingupas the regional force its
supporters have always believed it couldbe.
Twelve months ago
, Macau gaming revenue was growing
by double digits toward a US$45 billion year. The market looked
, headwinds areblowing strongout of China,
year-on-year returns are falling for the first time since the global
financial crisis, and on the eve of Cotai’smuch-anticipated second
wave, worker discontent has spilled into the streets.
Perhaps there is no better way to explore these breathtaking
developments than through the lives of themovers and shakers in
the thickof them. That’sour intention in thepages that follow. It led
us to identifynineentirelynew individuals you’llwant toknowmore
about.— In fact, over the last two years, almost half the lineuphas
It’s a challenge, it always is, to try to capture some glimmer
of the vision, the daring, the acumen that distinguish the
Gaming 50
. At best we can acknowledge their impact, and trust
you’ll find their stories as compelling aswedo.
Our seventh
annual ranking
of the industry’s
most influential
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