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Tamaulipas looks at legalising casinos

Tamaulipas, Mexico, legislation, casinos
The regional government in Tamaulipas has agreed to look at legalising casinos in the state, following lobbying efforts by trade bodies. Following lobbying efforts by a number of business bodies, in November, the Tamaulipas State Congress confirmed that it is considering creating a regulated casino industry. The move marks a significant change in stance by the state government, which has previously...

Critics suggest slot machine legalisation could cannibalise casino industry

Puerto Rico, LEGISLATION, slot machine, casino industry
The new measure, introduced as part of Puerto Rico’s tax reform legislation, will legalise slot machines outside casinos, however its critics suggest that it could undermine the territory’s existing gaming industry. Both chambers of the Puerto Rican legislature have signed off on a new bill which will legalise slot machines outside casinos. The Senate and the House of Representatives approved the...

Goa’s government moves forward will plans for ‘casino strip’

Politics, ASIA, GOA
Local media reports suggest that Goa's floating casinos will be allowed to continue operations for a four-year period following the passage of the state's new gaming legislation which Delta Corp chair Jaydev Mody has welcomed as a potential “game changer” for the industry. In Goa, the government appears to be moving forward with plans to move the state’s six offshore...

Give us the law and we’ll give you a casino, say Virginian developers

Viginia, casino legislation, USA
An opening of the Virginian market would see two local businessmen channel funds into a new casino which they claim could be a lifeline to the local community. A pair of businessmen are hoping to drum up sufficient support for a proposed $150m casino in Bristol, Virginia - ahead of the state’s 2019 legislative session. The plans detail a 100,000 square-foot...

East African law firm predicts key growth for African countries ready to invest in gaming

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Talking ahead of the inaugural ICE Africa which is set to provide regulators and operators with an ideal platform to discuss the growing market, Amne Suedi, Principal at Shikana Law Group, a law firm operating within East Africa and based in Kenya and Tanzania, explores the where, how and who of investing in the diverse gaming industry across Africa...

Extremadura passes new IR law but lacks investors

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Extremadura has passed a new law allowing for the creation of integrated resorts, but the autonomous community now lacks investors after a major development project failed to pan out. The local government in Extremadura has passed a new bill which opens the door for the creation of integrated resorts in the autonomous community, but at present, the region lacks any...

Myanmar moves forward with new gaming bill

A bill that would authorise foreigners-only casinos in the South- east Asia state of Myanmar was submitted to the lower house of the country’s legislature on 21 August. The Gambling Bill 2018 will reportedly include amendments to an existing statute, the Gambling Act 1986. The Myanmar Times newspaper cited legislator Aung Hlaing Win, as clarifying that detailed rules and bylaws for...

Outcome of presidential elections could define Brazilian market opening

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With the first round of the Brazilian presidential elections set to take place on 7 October, pro-gaming candidate Geraldo Alckmin will face off against Jair Bolsonaro, a congressman known for his anti-gaming stance. Latin America’s largest economy has lived through a turbulent decade since the 2008 financial crisis, with proponents for the legalisation of gaming contending that the industry could...

Diet green lights casino legislation

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The second key bill for legalising integrated resorts in Japan has cleared its last major legislative hurdle, paving the way for the development of what some analysts estimate could be a $25bn market. Japan’s Integrated Resorts (IR) Implementation Bill passed into law on 20 July following a vote in a plenary session of the House of Councillors, the upper house...

Mexico unlikely to see changes to gaming legislation following AMLO victory

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Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's win in the presidential elections suggests that Mexico is unlikely to see a modernised gaming framework any time soon, legal experts propose. Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s victory in the Mexican elections on 1 July will mark a sea change for Latin America’s second-largest economy, as the country’s first self-described leftist president for decades takes the helm. The...

Goa’s casino industry in a ‘state of flux’

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With the industry no clearer as to when Goa’s floating casinos will move to a new land-based entertainment zone, Ranjana Adhikari of Nishith Desai Associates, gives an insight into the factors affecting state’s gaming industry. On a basic level, India’s political structure is similar to that of the US, with powers divided between the central government and the states. According to...

Brazil’s National Congress nixes key gambling legislation

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Plans to legalise land-based casino gambling have come unstuck in the Chamber of Deputies, while the Senate’s Committee on Constitution, Justice and Citizenship made an unexpected u-turn on its gaming bill. The prospect of the legalisation of gambling in Brazil is looking increasingly less likely as key legalisation has met with major setbacks in both chambers of the country’s National...

Data experts call for clarity on GDPR and AML

GBG data experts GDPR AML Peter Murray
A leading industry data expert has called for clarity from gambling regulators on balancing GDPR and AML   With the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) due to impact upon the industry in May 2018, a leading identity data intelligence expert is warning of the regulatory conflict that may arise, and the unintended consequence that may hinder the industry’s attempts to...

Lucky for some: Cambodia’s new gambling bill

iGaming Times Cambodia
The Cambodian market is a game with two sets of rules: one for NagaWorld, and another for everybody else. Ben Lee, partner at Macau-based consultancy firm IGamiX, explains what provisions the country’s much-awaiting gaming bill is likely to make for these two classes of enterprise. Cambodia’s casino market is a feral world, where private people still barter for licences and...

Greek government aims to vote on casino reforms in January

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Athens is looking to vote on new gambling reforms this January but will they be a game changer in terms of spurring investment?   The Greek government is expected to vote on new reforms to the country's gambling legislation this January, with initial reports suggesting that the casino bill has the necessary political support required for passage. Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos...

888 decision heightens interest in WrB Responsible Gambling Innovation

Sadie Walters WrB 888
Last week's announcement that 888 had been fined a record £7.8m for technical shortcomings which served to undermine its self exclusion processes, has given added importance and interest to the forthcoming WrB Responsible Gambling Innovation C-Level symposium organised by Clarion Gaming (September 12, OXO2, London). The fine followed a 13 month long investigation by the UK Gambling Commission which found...

Ugandan government pushes for new tax framework

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As the state attempts to strike a balancing act between legislation that encourages investment while also combating a growing black market, could a recent proposal to split taxation between the player and the operator be a game changer for the Ugandan market?   Ugandans spent $44m on gambling activities last year, positioning the sector as a key source of revenue for...

Western Australia repeals cruise ship casino ban

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Cruise ships calling at Western Australian ports will be able to open their casinos after the state government lifted restrictions.   The move is designed to protect and grow an industry already pumping $275m into the state’s economy, and the suspension of the ban forms part of the government’s ongoing efforts to further develop Western Australia’s tourism industry, particularly its cruiseship...

Irish politicians get craic-ing on new casino legislation

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Irish lawmakers are hopeful that new gambling legislation will finally be voted on this year after languishing for almost four years.   Discussion regarding updating Ireland’s gambling regulations has been ongoing for over a decade in the Oireachtas but there has been little progress save for the Gambling Control Bill 2013, which has been repeatedly delayed due to what the Irish...

Japan to use casino revenue to fund anti-addiction efforts

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Newly legalised casinos in Japan may be required to divert funds to anti-addiction efforts, as the government hammers out a regulatory framework for the gambling houses.   A law lifting the prohibition on casinos in Japan last December will allow global operators to build resorts for the first time, although not before lawmakers have put together and passed an anti-addiction bill. The...

Aieja responds to Tamaulipas casino ban

ICR - Aieja Tamaulipas
As the situation in Mexico becomes increasingly challenging for operators, with casino bans in the states of Tamaulipas and Guanajuato in June alone, Aieja’s president, Dr. Miguel Ángel Ochoa Sánchez, emphasises the importance of maintaining a dialogue with the government both at a state and federal level.   This June, we’ve seen the state of Tamaulipas resort to a measure that...

Philippe Bon discusses whether Macron lead French casinos by the horn?

ICR - Philippe Bon Macron
Ian Fleming built his plot for Casino Royale around James Bond playing a game of baccarat in a French casino, now the game could be set to attract Chinese tourists to the capital’s new clubs de jeux. Casino de France’s executive director, Philippe Bon, discusses the new normal as the Macron era dawns in France.   I want France to be...

Chilean operators look to appeal against municipal licensing process

ICR - Chilean casino
A ruling by the Chilean Supreme Court has cleared the way for the national regulator, the Superintendencia de Casinos de Juegos, to recommence the tender process for the country’s seven municipal casino licences but a number of major operators are unhappy with the move.   The Chilean Supreme Court has unanimously rejected six protection appeals filed by casino operators Enjoy, Marina...

Major operators keep a close eye on Brazilian market despite political setbacks

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With the Brazilian government once again in turmoil and the mandate of President Michel Temer hanging by a thread after he was alleged to be linked to a corruption scandal in May, Casino Review looks at the prospects for the legalisation of gambling in the country.   With the Japanese market opening, the Brazilian region remains gaming’s last frontier, while the...

The Waiting Years: Japanese gaming legislation gradually takes shape

ICR - Japanese gaming bill
Sources in the Japanese government suggest that it’s likely to be August at the earliest before a steering body publishes the outline of the Integrated Resorts (IR) Implementation Bill.   Government sources have suggested that it is likely to be August at the earliest before a steering body made up of Japanese cabinet ministers makes public the outline of the Integrated...

Ukiyo-e, Macau and the Asian casino industry

ICR - Macau Asia Industry Ukiyo-E
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...

Japanese government begins work on second casino bill

ICR - Japan Casino legislation
The global gaming business is abuzz about Japan’s upcoming casino legalisation, no small wonder considering that experts predict Japan could be the third biggest market globally, trailing behind the US and Macau.   Lawmakers passed a bill last December to legalise casinos, with the first sites predicted to open as soon as 2023. This April, the Japanese government has begun work...

End of the line for controversial North Dakota casino expansion legislation

Casino Review - North Dakota
A much derided piece of legislation that would have asked voters to amend the North Dakota’s constitution in order to allow up to six state-owned casinos is reportedly dead after suffering a second setback in committee.   House Concurrent Resolution 3033, proposed by Republican house majority leader, Al Carlson, had initially been given a “do not pass” recommendation from the House...

Mozambique green lights new gaming legislation

Casino Review - Mozambique
New regulations for gaming and casinos in Mozambique have been approved by the country’s regulator.   Mozambique has approved its Regulation of Gaming and Gambling Law, a new legislative package that would increase the number of casino licences that can be granted by the country’s regulator, as well as reduce the minimum distance between casinos. According to the upcoming jurisdiction’s Deputy Minister...

Georgia state senator to double down after gaming bill blocked

Casino Review - Georgia state gaming bill
A proposed gaming bill in the State of Georgia requiring venues to pay a 20 percent tax on gaming revenue has been voted down by the regulated Committee.   Proposed legislation that could have seen a referendum on the construction of two resort casinos in the Peach State is dead for at least another year after failing to make it past...

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