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Macau approves 80 extra flight arrivals for Chinese New Year The Civil Aviation Authority of Macao (AACM) has approved the arrival of 80 extra commercial and charter flights – primarily from China and Taiwan – to meet demand ahead of upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. The flights, which began arriving on Sunday 4 February and will continue until 26 ...
Monday, 05 February 2018 22:51

Cheng family’s casino arm to buy English football club Wigan Athletic International Entertainment Corporation (IEC), the casino and hotel property leasing firm controlled by the Cheng family, has entered into a pre-agreement term sheet to purchase English League One football club Wigan Athletic. The deal, which will see IEC acquire the entire share capital in Wigan ...
Monday, 05 February 2018 22:27

Pachinko operator Okura merges two key subsidiaries Japanese pachinko operator Okura Holdings Ltd has announced a merger of two key subsidiaries as part of an internal restructuring aimed at streamlining operations. The merger sees Okura Kyushu dissolved into Okura Japan in order to comply with local laws, which state that any machines certified by t...
Monday, 05 February 2018 06:58

MGM China announces staff bonuses amid labor group protests MGM China has announced two bonuses for eligible staff, including a discretionary bonus and a special bonus, which will see them earn up to 14 months’ worth of their normal salary for 2017. The boost comes amid tensions between MGM and some frontline workers following a demonstration outside MG...
Saturday, 03 February 2018 22:19

Asian Poker Tour adds second Vietnam leg to 2018 schedule The Asian Poker Tour has announced a new stop on the 2018 tour with the APT Championships 2018 to be held at Pro Poker Club in Ho Chi Minh City from 11 to 22 July. The latest Vietnam stop follows a successful launch event for the current season, APT Kickoff Vietnam, which saw a huge field of 664 pl...
Saturday, 03 February 2018 22:14

“Landmark” Australian lawsuit against Crown and Aristocrat dismissed Australia’s Federal Court has dismissed a case brought against Crown Resorts and slot machine manufacturer Aristocrat Technologies Ltd by a former gambling addict which claimed that the design of the latter’s “Dolphin Treasure” machine was misleading. In what was seen as a landmark case for...
Saturday, 03 February 2018 16:04

Macau analysts pour cold water on reports of legalized gambling in China A proposal to allow certain forms of gambling on China’s Hainan Island is unlikely to proceed and would have little to no impact on Macau’s booming casino industry. So say analysts commenting on the news, first reported by Bloomberg on Friday and said to be part of a broader plan by the Chinese...
Saturday, 03 February 2018 09:59

Aristocrat halts trading ahead of Australian Federal Court slots decision Australian gaming giant Aristocrat Leisure Ltd has placed a halt on trading in the ordinary shares of the company from today through to next Tuesday 6 February 2018 in anticipation of Australia’s Federal Court handing down its findings in a landmark court case involving Crown Resorts and a former...
Friday, 02 February 2018 07:04

Konami suffers revenue fall in Gaming and Systems segment Japanese entertainment giant Konami Holdings Corp saw revenue in its Gaming and Systems segment fall 4.9% to ¥20.7 billion (US$189.2 million) in the three months to 31 December 2017, down from ¥21.7 billion 12 months earlier. The result led to a slight fall in segment profit, down from ¥2.9 bil...
Friday, 02 February 2018 06:39

Win Systems launches Chinese roulette Win Systems, a leading technology supplier for the gaming and entertainment industry, has launched a new electronic roulette game under its Gold Club brand, Chinese roulette. The innovative product differs significantly to the traditional Western version. The bet table features the usual 36 number...
Thursday, 01 February 2018 22:17

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

Inside Asian Gaming takes a look back at the biggest stories of the past week Inside Asian Gaming takes a look back at the biggest stories of the past week Friday, 23 February 2018 06:55

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 machine library on the casino floor. In a press release, TGG said that the successful deployment at S... 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