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High-end restaurants add star quality to Macau’s IRs

2019-12-13

Nineteen. That’s how many Michelin-star restaurants Macau has racked up to date, firmly establishing the former Portuguese colony as a gastronomic powerhouse on the world’s culinary stage. 

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Casinos counter Chinese VIP conundrum

2019-11-01

There’s no doubt that the integrated resorts springing up across Asia were targeted at China’s VIPs, but with that market in retreat there’s little sign of high rollers from other jurisdictions stepping up to take their place.

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Second whistleblower accuses Crown of customs offences

2019-10-14

Tasmanian MP Andrew Wilkie plans to call for a royal commission inquiry into Crown Resorts after a second whistleblower claimed the company is helping VIPs to bypass customs.

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IPI sued for sexual harassment

2019-09-27

sexual harassment, verbal abuse, worker rights, equal opportunities, lawsuit, high rollers

Saipan to mull more junkets

2019-09-24

The Commonwealth Casino Commission in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands will discuss an application for four new junket operators on Thursday, together with a contract extension for Imperial Pacific International’s (IPI) chairman.

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Crown probes to focus on probity, though major hurdles unlikely

2019-09-06

Australian regulators are likely to focus on probity issues in their investigations into Crown Resorts’ operations, although experts don’t expect any major red flags to be raised.

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Winning décor 

2019-08-23

Bill Friedman’s book, ‘Designing Casinos to Dominate the Competition,’ used to be the final word in casino design in the early 2000s, with a dominating principle that the gambling equipment as decor beats “impressive and memorable decorations.”

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Suncity opens RWM VIP club

2019-08-15

Suncity Group held the soft opening of a new VIP club at Resorts World Manila on August 15.

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Victoria launches probe into high roller wombat hunting

2019-08-15

wombats, hunting, high rollers, gambling, VIPs, illegal hunting, wildlife, money laundering

Crown denies criminal allegations as probe widens

2019-07-31

The board of Crown Resorts has issued a strong rebuttal of allegations that it is linked to criminal figures who may be laundering money through Australian casinos, though the probe into its operations has now widened to include the country’s most powerful...

Senators call for inquiry into Crown allegations

2019-07-29

Several Australian senators have called for an independent inquiry into allegations that Crown Resorts was promoting illegal gambling promotion operations in China, that it was facilitating visas for VIPs and had close links to organised crime.

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Government aims to boost superyacht visitation

2019-05-09

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism is eyeing superyachts—pleasure ships owned by wealthy foreigners—as a special target for tourism promotion efforts, especially as they tend to have long port stays and spend a lot of money...

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Imperial Pacific sees 2018 loss on lower revenue, higher debt

2019-03-08

Imperial Pacific International, which operates Saipan’s only casino, said it expects to post a loss for 2018 due to falling revenue and rising trade

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Melco’s Studio City to stop VIP gaming from 2020

2019-01-15

Melco Resorts & Entertainment’s Studio City IR in Macau plans to stop VIP rolling chip operations from January 15, 2020, reflecting its second switch on high rollers since opening in 2015.

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Philippines’ VIP prospects shine

2018-03-21

China’s VIPs are once again driving gross gambling revenue across the region, with the Philippines tipped as being one of the best-placed jurisdictions to take a slice of the high-roller pie.

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Poker in Asia: a busted flush?

2016-10-19

For over a decade, Asia has been touted as the region where the next – and most explosive – poker boom will occur, and yet the spark has failed to fully ignite. So how much appetite is there still for poker in the Far East and what’s holding the game back?

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Slots trump tables in new junket room club model

2016-02-11

The opening of Macau’s first junket-run VIP slot room has been seen as a bold move by an industry seeking new sources of revenue, but analysts have warned it may be a tough sell given the weak operating environment and lack of enthusiasm for machines...

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Data on Macau's Chinese VIP market fuzzy says report

2015-08-23

The VIP segment, which accounted for 60 percent of Macau’s gaming revenue in 2014, represented just around 100,000 to 120,000 players who on average

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Macau junket market to shrink further amid closures, expansion elsewhere

2015-02-26

Macau’s junket market is expected to shrink further in 2015 amid tight liquidity and falling VIP revenue, with some analysts warning that the system that helped create the world’s biggest gambling hub may be near broken. The number of licensed gaming...

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