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Macau casino exclusion requests grow 7% in 2017 The number of requests for exclusion from Macau casinos grew by 7.1% in 2017 to 376, the Gaming Inspection and Coordination (DICJ) has revealed. Figures released on Thursday show that the number grew from 351 in 2016, with the vast majority of this year’s requests, 316, coming via self-exclusion ...
Friday, 19 January 2018 05:59

MGM announces huge immersive art space at MGM Cotai called Spectacle MGM China’s new Macau integrated resort, MGM Cotai, will feature a four-story high “digital canvas” that the company says will form the heart of the property when it opens its doors on 29 January 2018. Known as Spectacle, the unique space will span the length of a football field and is descri...
Friday, 19 January 2018 04:46

Irish delegation explores Macau opportunities ahead of Cathay Pacific’s new Dublin route A trade mission by the Dublin Chamber of Commerce gathered in Macau this week ahead of the launch of a new direct flight route from Dublin to Hong Kong this year. Delegates including CEO of Dublin Chamber Mary Rose Bourke and CEO of Tourism Ireland Niall Gibbons were given a tour of Wynn Macau on W...
Thursday, 18 January 2018 06:31

SKYCITY’s Peter Treacy announces departure SKYCITY Entertainment Group Limited has announced that its Group General Manager Corporate Affairs and Risk Officer, Peter Treacy, will leave the company to pursue a career in governance. Treacy, a former partner of London-based law firm Linklaters, has been a member of the executive team since joi...
Thursday, 18 January 2018 06:31

Japan must cluster casinos to succeed: Paul Steelman Globally renowned casino architect Paul Steelman says that Japan must create a casino cluster rather than award single casino licenses to individual cities if it hopes to achieve its goal of boosting inbound tourism. Speaking exclusively to Inside Asian Gaming, Steelman revealed that his company, S...
Thursday, 18 January 2018 05:59

Macau visitor numbers surge 5.4% to 32.6 million in 2017 Macau welcomed a total of 32.6 million visitors in 2017, a 5.4% increase on the previous year. Revealing the city’s full year tourism figures at its annual press conference on Wednesday, the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) announced increases across the board with mainland China visitation ...
Thursday, 18 January 2018 05:32

Wakayama governor addresses community concerns at special IR symposium The governor of Japan’s Wakayama Prefecture, Yoshinobu Nisaka, has told local citizens that the strength of the country’s problem gambling bill and the central government’s ability to develop effective programs will determine whether foreign operators are invited to develop an integrated resor...
Thursday, 18 January 2018 05:01

Wynn Macau dealer steals HK$48 million of casino chips A 49-year old casino dealer stole gaming chips with a face value of almost HK$48 million from a VIP room at Wynn Macau before escaping through the main entrance, authorities have revealed. Macau’s Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau and Judiciary Police both confirmed the theft on Wednesda...
Thursday, 18 January 2018 04:25

MGM proposes US$22 billion REIT merger The real estate arm of MGM Resorts, MGM Growth Properties (MGP), has sent a letter to the CEO and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of VICI Properties Inc proposing to acquire 100% of VICI’s outstanding common stock for US$19.50 per share. In a press release, MGP said that the proposal –...
Wednesday, 17 January 2018 06:45

Macau’s mass market soars in 4Q17 Official gross gaming revenue figures released by Macau’s Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ) have revealed that mass market revenue grew by 17.1% year-on-year in the fourth quarter of 2017 to MOP$31.7 billion (US$3.9 billion), a result that Union Gaming analyst Grant Govertsen descri...
Wednesday, 17 January 2018 06:24

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Inside Asian Gaming takes a look back at the biggest stories of the past week

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TGG to deploy content on Solaire Resort & Casino’s gaming floor

TGG to deploy content on Solaire Resort & Casino’s gaming floor Hong Kong’s TGG Interactive has announced a deal with Manila’s Solaire Resort & Casino to integrate the Philippines casino operator to its Asian VIP and middle-class focused digital gaming content library on the casino floor. In a press release, TGG said that the successful deployment at So... Friday, 23 February 2018 05:20

Saipan gaming commissioner accuses Macau casinos of not reporting real VIP volumes

Saipan gaming commissioner accuses Macau casinos of not reporting real VIP volumes The Executive Director of the Commonwealth Casino Commission (CCC), the gaming regulatory body of the Northern Mariana Islands, has attributed the comparatively enormous VIP rolling chip volumes running through Imperial Pacific International’s (IPI) Saipan casino to Macau operators failing to repo... Friday, 23 February 2018 05:06

Macau’s Chinese New Year visitation grows 6.5%

Macau’s Chinese New Year visitation grows 6.5% Macau’s visitor arrivals surged by 6.5% year-on-year to more than 960,000 during Chinese New Year, including around 710,000 from mainland China, according to preliminary statistics released by the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO). The figures cover the seven days of Spring Festival Golden W... Friday, 23 February 2018 04:27

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Design For Profit

Design For Profit Architect Paul Steelman provides his insights into designing the most expensive privately funded buildings on earth and making and breaking trends. By Muhammad Cohen | Editor-at-Large EMINENT casino architect Paul Steelman helped create the Asian gaming boom with the groundbreaking design of Sands... Monday, 29 January 2018 15:11

Climbing the mountain

Climbing the mountain   ASX-listed Silver Heritage Group finally launched hotel and casino operations at its new Tiger Palace Resort Bhairahawa in late 2017, having survived the 2015 earthquake, a fuel blockade on the Nepal-India border and an AU$19 million (US$14.4 million) funding shortage as a result of the delays. ... Monday, 29 January 2018 15:07

Can sportsbooks survive a 1% tax on handle?

Can sportsbooks survive a 1% tax on handle?   The big news coming out of the United States this year is the likely striking down of the federal ban on sports betting. But with many states licking their lips in anticipation of added tax dollars, the sports betting industry may well have another crippling fight on its hands. THE US Supreme C... Monday, 29 January 2018 15:05

Herman Ng:Macau Pioneer

Herman Ng:Macau Pioneer Inside Asian Gaming discovers a bit more about Herman Ng, CEO and Executive Director of Macau-based slot machine services firm Asia Pioneer Entertainment (APE). Ben Blaschke: Can you start by telling us a bit about yourself and your background? Herman Ng: I grew up in Macau and then when I was 16 ... Monday, 29 January 2018 14:52