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Spintec wins Genting Malaysia trial and marks growth in both Europe and Asia

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Already holding a majority share among all new electronic roulette installations for the past three years in Macau, Spintec has reported a significant growth in enquiries for custom made and modular ETG solutions.   Spintec’s guarantee of longer gaming sessions has once again proven true after the company came top in a product trial at Genting Malaysia. Following a trial period of...

Is Japan on track for a Floating World of integrated resorts?

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While on paper, the opening of a market in Japan might seem an inevitability, the process still appears beset by ambiguities suggests Edward Lowton.   Levon Helm captured it best when he sang on the Band’s 1993 song, Move to Japan, “they’re taking all hands in the land of the Risin’ Sun.” But with the next emerging integrated resort market on...

Betsoft focuses on Asia with new partner HBET63

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The leading online gaming software provider, Betsoft Gaming, has strengthed its position in Asia by forming a partnership with new Asian-facing operator, Hbet63. Betsoft Gaming, architects of the revolutionary Shift™ platform, has closed the deal with HBet63 whose primary focus is on the market covering China, Singapore and Malaysia. Under the terms of the partnership, HBet63 will be taking on Betsoft’s...

The Big Kahuna: Third phase of Ho Tram Strip project announced

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The third phase of the Kahuna Ho Tram Strip project is scheduled to start development during the fourth quarter of 2017, the Ho Tram Project Company (HTP) has announced.   The Kahuna Ho Tram Strip is a 244-key development located adjacent to the northside of The Grand and will feature a combination of 164 one and two bedroom condominiums, in addition...

Pagcor intervenes in SunCity casino takeover

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The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation has stepped into the fray between SunCity and Success Vine over the former's unlicenced activity at Sofitel Philippine Plaza.   Casino junket operator SunCity Group has drawn the ire of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) after its unauthorised takeover of a small casino at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza. According to reports in local media,...

Macau’s luxury hotel ‘The 13’ suffers costly delays

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13 Holding’s plans for an ambitious high-rise hotel and casino in Macau are facing a series of financing and construction difficulties, making its aim to open this year less likely.   Seven years in the making, the lavish $1.3bn resort – The 13 – includes just 200 “all-villa” rooms; the most expensive of which to be charged at $130,000 per night. Stephen...

Philippines casino market remains resilient amidst uncertainty

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Compared to its counterparts in Macau and Singapore, the Philippines casino industry would seem to be the underdog in Asia, however the strength of local demand and proxy gaming could help the country’s casino market ride out recent troubles, suggests gaming consultant Ben Lee.   The head coach of the Philippines national basketball team, Chot Reyes, is known for telling his...

Galaxy Executive proposes open Hengqin travel

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Speaking at G2E Asia, Francis Lui Yiu Tung, Deputy Chairman of Galaxy Entertainment Group, expressed his support for the idea of aligning the border policies for Macau and Hengqin, while also stressing the need for Macau’s industry to remain competitive in the face of challenges to its market dominance from lower-tax jurisdictions.   The idea of “borderless” travel between Hengqin and...

Zitro unveils latest Video Slots Bryke in Macau

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The video bingo developer, Zitro, received a positive reception at G2E Asia in Macau which marked the first time the company presented its Bryke products in the region.   Zitro has reported that G2E Asia was a key success for the company as it debuted its new Video Slots Bryke products in Asia. The company claims its collection of games, including the...

Proxy betting: a friend indeed for Asia

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Shaun McCamley, Partner at Global Market Advisors LLC and Head of Asia Operations, discusses the growing significance of proxy betting revenues for Asia’s grey markets.   Proxy betting is booming in Asia’s grey markets, with live streaming of table games thought to be pulling in a chunk of Macau’s missing VIP billions. In early 2016, industry analysts estimated that proxy betting’s contribution...

Skill-gaming and Asia’s indelible millennials

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Benjamin Carlotti, co-founder and Managing Director of DFS operator, Oulala, discusses the centrality of skill-based gaming to Asia’s discerning middle-income millennials.   How important is an event like G2E Asia for interactive gaming operators in 2017? G2E Asia is a key event, especially for European companies because it is the door to Asia, a growing market offering numerous stimulating perspectives for the...

Pilling explores why grey matters in Asia

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Gaming in Asia’s largely unregulated markets can be volatile, but for Isle of Man-based gaming consultant, Lorien Pilling, the rewards of operating in this vast and voracious region can be more than compensatory.   The Asian continent is still many shades of grey for international gaming providers, yet revenue from the region is fast becoming a vital component on many a...

Jay Chun: Making moves in Macau

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Jay Chun, chairman of the MGEMA and the man behind Asia’s big hitters Paradise Entertainment and LT Game, has a clear vision for Macau. He’s been driving it for many years, be it through the development of pioneering, revolutionary products or through his multivarious businesses in the SAR. At the helm of the MGEMA, a trade body he envisioned,...

Ukiyo-e, Macau and the Asian casino industry

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As Macau revenues begin to pick up again, what will be the impact of the Japan market opening on the territory and the wider Southeast Asian casino industry?   There is a hidden meaning in Utagawa Hiroshige’s well-known Ukiyo-e piece, Asakusa Ricefields and Torinomachi Festival, from his series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo. In a salacious detail, the tenugui or Japanese...

MGEMA: Keeping a focus on growth, diversity and opportunity

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The Macau Gaming Equipment Machine Manufacturers Association represents a membership that arguably delivers the largest gaming revenues anywhere on the planet. Marking its fifth anniversary this summer, the association has made significant progress in its short life-span, but this year has seen a bolder direction on its agenda. With so much change on the Macau horizon, driven through both...

OfferCraft to launch Asian expansion at G2E

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The Las Vegas-based Software-as-a-Service company, OfferCraft, will make its first live demonstrations at the G2E Trade Show as part of its Asia expansion.   OfferCraft has confirmed it is expanding into Asia and will be commencing the expansion with presentations at the Global Gaming Expo Asia (G2E) from May 16 to 18 at the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel at Stand 961. “We’re...

Casinos resorts rising on Cambodia’s borders

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A Vietnamese firm is making good progress on its multi-million dollar casino resort project in Cambodia. Pressed close up to the border of Vietnam, the casino has high hopes of luring Vietnamese gamblers. The casino story, however, is not so positive on the country’s other border with Thailand.   Plans for Empire World City, Cambodia’s upcoming casino resort, currently being constructed...

G2E Asia projects record-breaking figures this May

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The Global Gaming Expo (G2E) Asia 2017 is on track to set all-time high marks across a variety of metrics when it takes place at the Venetian Macau this month.   The organisers of G2E Asia 2017 have projected record-breaking figures in terms of visitors, business meetings and first time exhibitors when it takes place from May 16-18 at the Venetian...

Wynn Palace vs The Parisian: A tale of two recoveries

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Macau is certainly bouncing back yet analysts have been divided over which cohort is driving the recovery. A comparison of first quarters for Wynn Palace and Sands China is perhaps the clearest indication that VIPs are still doing the lion’s share of the leg work.   It seems the good news just won’t let up from China’s casino city-on-sea. Gaming yield...

TCSJOHNHUXLEY to debut Qorex in Asia at G2E

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TCSJOHNHUXLEY will be showcasing its new Qorex electronic gaming solutions and GFL Bonusing progressive system at the forthcoming G2E Asia exhibition.   The leading global innovator of live gaming solutions, TCSJOHNHUXLEY, has confirmed it will be debuting a number of innovations alongside its suite of games when it exhibits at this year’s G2E Asia at the Venetian Macau in May. Rebecca Kingswell,...

Casino Technology “strictly committed to Asian players” ahead of G2E

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A selection of new Asian dedicated products by Casino Technology will be on display at G2E Asia in Macau this month.   The established gaming equipment manufacturer, Casino Technology, has confirmed it will be showcasing a selection of new games “committed to the Asian players” at G2E Asia. Five Blessings De Lux, an Asian themed progressive game, and Red Bird and Golden...

Aristocrat line up key debuts for Asian market at G2E

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Aristocrat has confirmed it will present a range of brand new game and cabinet creations at this year’s G2E Asia 2017 in the Venetian Macau (May 16 – 18).   At G2E Asia 2017, Aristocrat will showcase its newest game and cabinet creations, which the company claims have been created with one goal: to create innovative games and cabinets that help...

Habanero eyes key markets following GWIN agreement

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Habanero has signed a new content deal with GWIN strengthening the company’s position in Asia and its goal of expanding further in key markets. A new agreement has been confirmed by Habanero to strengthen its position in Asia by providing its full suite of HTML5 games to the mobile platform provider GWIN, alongside its catalogue of slots, table games and...

Cambodia’s new casino regulation bill to be ready this year

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A bill to regulate the management of the casino industry in Cambodia should be approved this year, said Ros Phearun, an official from the country’s Ministry of Economy and Finance.   The Cambodian government is in the process of amending its gaming laws in a bid to draw major casino operators. According to reports, there are currently 65 casinos in operation...

Proxy betting: a competitive edge for Southeast Asia

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Casinos across Southeast Asia are benefiting from Macau’s crackdown on proxy betting.   A minor regulation banning the use of mobile phones at VIP tables in Macau is already having a positive effect on revenues in Southeast Asia’s underdog casinos. The reason is proxy betting. In its simplest form, proxy betting involves one person somewhere outside a casino giving betting instructions to...

BMM Testlabs celebrates 8 years in Asia

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Eight years in the eastern continent and BMM Testlabs is on course for its best one yet.   BMM Testlabs, the world's leading gaming testing laboratory and technical consultancy, is pleased to announce that it is celebrating its 8th year in Asia. BMM is also on target to achieve its highest ever level of customer demand from the growing number of...

Pragmatic targets Asian growth areas with Opus deal

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Gaming solutions supplier Pragmatic Play has secured a land-mark deal with Philippines-based Opus that will see it providing a suite of new slots to the Asian market.   Pragmatic Play, a fast-growing provider of mobile and desktop digital casino games for the online gaming industry, has brokered a new partnership with fellow gaming supplier Opus Gaming. Under the terms of the agreement,...

Goa could see a sixth casino on the Mandovi River

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Goa’s chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar has confirmed that he is considering the renewal of an offshore casino’s licence, but on the condition that the operator pays its outstanding fees including interest and penalties.   “We will not allow any more offshore casinos in the state, but out of the six offshore casino licences, one casino licence was not renewed due to...

MGS survey signals increasing Chinese interest in global market

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The MGS Entertainment Show - Creativity & Innovation (MGS), the fastest growing exhibition on the international gaming calendar, has reported a stronger commitment to the event from the mainland Chinese buying sector and a growing interest in the internationalisation on the showfloor, according to the findings of its 2015 Survey. The MGS annual indicator showed that as many as...

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