Strong and steady
s the year draws to a close and one of the last events
Cambodia, both of whom are reviewing their gaming regulations
in the gaming calendar opens its doors, AGB takes
and set to announce updates imminently. Two IRs in Vietnam
stock of the most significant developments in the
will be allowed to offer gaming to locals, subject to various
region throughout the past year.
restrictions, though whether this will prove a game-changer
Giving the keynote address at the MGS Entertainment Show
is yet to be seen.
conference, DICJ director, Paulo Martins Chan, will be sharing
Both jurisdictions are also expected to overhaul their sports
the Macao SAR Government’s continuing efforts to achieve its
betting and online gaming regulations, which will hopefully give
goal of becoming a “World Tourism and Leisure Centre”, with
regional operators clear guidelines for operating and provide
diversity and sustainable growth the key message.
some protection against unlawful operators.
Recent GGR figures from the SAR seem to point to a steadying
Authorities in India are saying that the only real way to curb
of the ship and calmer waters. New supply that has come online
India’s massive illegal gambling market is to provide a legal
in Macau appears to be finally helping to boost monthly revenue
framework. Sikkim and Nagaland have recently permitted online
after two years of declines. However it is difficult to accurately
gambling and, to add to the mix, the Supreme Court has ruled
forecast what lies ahead, particularly in light of China’s recent
that games of skill, such as rummy, are permitted, so change
crackdown on alleged illegal marketing activities of Australian
is on the way, albeit in a piecemeal way.
The Philippines is another jurisdiction that is seeing a shake-up
Increasing the proportion of non-gaming revenues is still the
in gaming laws and regulations, with Pagcor emerging as a new
mantra in Macau, and other planned regional developments
licensor of online gaming, and preparing to divest itself of its
seem keen to be ahead of the game when it comes to providing a
casino assets in order to move towards a sole role of regulator.
diversified offering. Mohegan Sun’s planned resort in Incheon,
Other small (in comparison) jurisdictions to watch include Nepal
Seoul, will include a modern sports and entertainment arena,
and Saipan, the former counting on the swelling numbers of
state-of-the art theme park and entertainment district,
middle-class gamblers from neighboring India and the latter
historical centers that pay tribute to the Native American and
seeing soaring VIP rolling chip revenue and bookings ahead
Korean culture, as well as a range of dining, retail, nightlife,
of the official opening of the Imperial Pacific Resort & Hotel
healthy and beauty services.
in early 2017.
If Japan surprises everybody and finally passes its “Casino
In keeping with the theme of trends, our focus articles this edition
Bill” in this Diet session, we are sure to start seeing designs
concentrate on current directions of electronic gaming in terms
for some of the most extravagant casino resorts in the region.
of design and platforms, RNG or online slots, and poker in Asia.
Some experts are saying that the likelihood of the bill passing
AGB is a proud industry partner of MGS, and will be hosting
is near 100 percent, though this might be a foolish bet given
the Official MGS Networking Party on Tuesday 15 November
the track record so far.
at China Rouge. We look forward to seeing you at the show!
Russia’s gaming zones are also hotting up. Hong Kong-listed NagaCorp is to start construction of its gaming facility in Primorye
in November this year. The project will include hotel facilities,
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along with a casino and a water park. Meanwhile, Summit Ascent’s Tigre de Cristal resort, which opened in Primorye a
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year ago, has seen increasing visitation and rolling volumes.
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