Thursday, July 07, 2022


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Laos eases lockdown, casinos remain closed until June 1


The government of Laos has lifted travel restrictions which will allow people to travel freely around the country, though entertainment venues includi

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Government means business with online ban


Cambodia’s online gaming ban, which came into effect as of Jan. 1st, has triggered mass layoffs and the shutdown of numerous casinos, and is not expected to be lifted due to pressure from the Chinese government.

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POGOs to resist political pressures


With the win from China-facing igaming operations forecast to hit $33 billion in 2019, the Philippines has little incentive to curb activities of POGOs.

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Beijing sends shockwaves through igaming


After years of turning a blind eye to the booming online gambling markets in Cambodia and the Philippines, authorities in China have finally had enough, triggering a clampdown across the region. 

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Robust rules lacking in live casino boom


Cambodia is Indochina’s undisputed king of live dealer gaming, with land-based casinos rushing to install dedicated set-ups to stream action from gaming floors to online players.

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What next for China’s booming lottery sector?


China’s lottery sector continues to boom, but uncertainty over how Beijing may react to the rapid growth continues to linger, with big questions over the future direction of online sales and sports betting.

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Concessions, online crackdowns and technology seen as 2019 themes


The new year is getting underway against a backdrop of political and economic uncertainty across the globe. The U.S. government shutdown due to a spat

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Philippines, Cambodia in likely firing line for China online crackdown


There’s growing concern that China may launch a crackdown on the streaming of casino games into the country next year, potentially dealing a major blow to the booming industry in the Philippines and Cambodia.

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Russia targets illegal activities as gambling revenue falls


Russia is getting serious about cracking down on illegal gambling, which is having a significant impact on the development of the country’s gambling

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UnionPay crackdown has minimal impact amidst illegal use


The seizure of UnionPay point of sale terminals (POS) from pawn shops in Macau earlier this month triggered a slide in operator shares on fears of tig

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Thai authorities see success in World Cup crackdown...industry less so


Elephants took to a football pitch in Thailand’s ancient capital of Ayutthaya this week in an effort to raise awareness among young people about ill

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Police destroy illegal gaming machines worth RM4.5 million


Over 3,197 gambling machines seized in raids over the last 3 years have been destroyed by Penang police, according to a report from Malay Online. Pena

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Malaysia declares war on illegal gambling


Malaysia has launched a major crackdown on illegal gambling and this time says it will stamp out the practice for good, though some observers are less optimistic. They say without changes to the law to specifically target online activities, stamping out...

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Police curbing illegal gambling growth


Growth of illegal gambling operations in Penang has been stunted, thanks to successful police operations through the year, local media reports. Penang

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Illegal operations outpacing police crackdown


Authorities in Sarawak are struggling to keep a lid on illegal gambling, despite conducting raids every week, says State Criminal Investigation Depart

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VPN clampdown creates online headache


Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) have long been used by Chinese gamblers as a sort of invisibility cloak, allowing them to walk through the digital doors of offshore online casino, poker, bingo and sports betting sites undetected. VPNs straddle a legal...

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PCSO agrees to meet with PNP after funding threats


PCSO chair Jose Jorge Corpuz says he is willing to meet with PNP chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa to “clear gray areas” in their fight against il

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Illegal Penang operators forced into the jungle


A massive police crackdown on illegal gambling in Penang has pushed illegal gambling operators into the outskirts of town, and online, according to Pe

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Sarawak authorities nab 80 for illegal gambling


Around 80 individuals have been arrested over the past two weeks as part of an ongoing crackdown on illegal gambling in Sarawak, Malaysia, reports the

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