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Jupiters becomes The Star Gold Coast

Australia’s Jupiters Hotel & Casino has officially changed its name, becoming The Star Gold Coast as of 30 March. Queensland’s first casino when it opened its doors in 1985, the rebranding is part of an AU$345 million makeover ahead...

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G2E 2017 to feature non-gaming solutions

G2E Asia will feature a heavy focus on the “Integrated Resort Experience” (IRE) in 2017 as it looks to offer solutions to the Macau government’s call to attract a market beyond gaming. IRE will centralize sourcing of new products...

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Philippines casinos facing tighter controls

Casinos could be included in tightened Philippines anti-money laundering laws set to be introduced in May, according to Senate President Aquilino Pimentel. The move comes in the wake of last year’s Bangladesh Bank breach which saw US$81...

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Baccarat picking up in Las Vegas

Nevada’s gross gaming revenue declined 4.5 percent in February, however baccarat volume for the first two months of the year rose 7.7 percent in a sign that Chinese visitation to the American gaming hub is starting to rise. Although baccarat...

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Local Macau film debuts at Studio City

Studio City was the venue this week for the premiere of Our 17, a film directed by local Macau director Emily Chan and shot with the support of Melco Crown Entertainment last summer. Shown to an audience of around 500 guests, including Secretary for...

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Macau missing huge sportsbook opportunity

Macau’s properties won’t truly be able to call themselves integrated resorts until they are granted the opportunity to operate their own sports books. That’s the opinion of sports betting experts John J English and Randy Haynes who believe...

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Genting Singapore confirms Japan ambitions

Genting Singapore has stated its intention to actively pursue a casino license in Japan, with the company currently positioning itself as a “strong candidate” once the bidding process begins. Outlining Genting Singapore’s upcoming plans in its...

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APT Poker Room Manila finds new home

The Asian Poker Tour is set to open its brand new poker room in Manila at Winford Hotel and Casino. The new APT Poker Room Manila replaces the APT’s former home at the Pavilion – a move that will no doubt go down well with players given the...

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Dubai World Cup makes broadcast history

The 2017 Dubai World Cup made history over the weekend, becoming the first horse race to be broadcast live on planes and cruise liners. Available mid-flight to passengers on 580 flights via Sport 24, this year’s race also enjoyed record reach with...

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North Korea to launch casino cruise ship

North Korea is set to launch its first casino cruise ship as it looks for innovative new ways to raise much needed funds. Under increasing financial pressure due to international sanctions imposed on them in the wake of recent nuclear tests and...

Lifestyle

Macau unemployment hits five-year high

Macau’s general unemployment rate and locals unemployment rate for the three months from November 2016 through January 2017 have both risen by 0.1 percent from the previous period to 2 percent and 2.8 percent respectively, according to figures...

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Melco Crown announces staff pay rise

Melco Crown Entertainment Limited has announced pay increases for its non-management employees ranging from 2.5 percent to 7 percent, effective from 1 April 2017. Eligible full-time employees earning a monthly income of up to MOP$16,000 will receive...

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Macau fiscal reserve grows 27 percent in 2016

The Macao SAR’s fiscal reserves grew 27 percent in 2016 to MOP$438.7 billion. Comprising MOP$132.8 billion of basic reserve and MOP$305.9 billion of excess reserve, it included a total investment income of MOP$3.3 billion, equivalent to an...

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Australia bans online poker and in-play sports betting

The Australian parliament has officially passed a new bill that will see online poker and in-play sport betting banned. Despite a late push from Australia’s poker community, the Senate this week passed the Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016...

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Macau restaurants enjoy big January jump

  A study by Macau’s Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) has revealed that well over half of local restaurants and similar establishments enjoyed year-on-year growth in receipts in January – the highest proportion on record. An impressive...

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Macau expert warns of Gold Coast IR threat

A new AU$3 billion IR set to be built along the Australian beachside holiday strip known as the Gold Coast could pose a serious threat to local businesses, according to Macau integrated resort expert Professor Glenn McCartney. Speaking to...

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Korea’s missile defence system fails to save poker

When South Korea recently announced it would allow the US army to set up its Terminal High Altitude Area Defence anti-ballistic missile system (THAAD) on Korean land, few would have expected poker to be among its first casualties. Yet that’s...

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Slot machine hackers proving hard to catch

An international syndicate of slot machine hackers continues to operate across the globe, despite some members having been recently caught in Singapore and the US state of Missouri. News of the syndicate’s ongoing efforts to make millions from...

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Macau GGR tracking at +10% for first quarter

Macau’s gross gaming revenue is on track to complete a 10 percent upswing for the first three months of 2017 on the back of a better than expected start to the year. According to brokerage Sanford C Bernstein, both mass and VIP gaming have...

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MGM developing golf skills gambling game

MGM is in the process of developing a unique skill-based golf game combining gambling with a range of typical golf skills such as putting, driving and accuracy. The latest innovation at its brand new Golfstream indoor laser golf course, which opened...

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SJM launches new recruitment center

Casino operator SJM officially launched its new SJM Recruitment Center at a special opening ceremony late last week. Located on the 10th floor of the China Civil Plaza at Alameda Dr Carlos d’Assumpção, the Center intends to wholly support...

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Chow Tai Fook buys Australian energy company

Macau investor Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Ltd has agreed to acquire Australia’s Alinta Energy Holdings Ltd in a deal worth AU$4 billion. The surprise deal is the latest move in Chow Tai Fook’s aggressive overseas expansion plans of late...