German star Leo Glatzer and American Kirra Pinkerton have been crowned the Pismo Beach Open Qualifying Series champions after the World Surf League event wrapped up in California.
A great run of swell delivered one last day to finish competition with three-to-five foot waves for competitors to showcase their innovative and powerful surfing. Glatzer’s remarkable run capped off his first-career QS victory by topping event standout and North America No. 2 Kevin Schulz (USA) after Pinkerton took down fellow Pro Junior talent Samantha Sibley (USA) in dramatic fashion.
Costa Rica, native Glatzer was hoisted up the sands of Pismo Beach as a QS victor for the first time in his young career after taking down Schulz – one of the top event threats and newest competitive threat on the QS level. The 21-year-old’s remarkable, last-minute aerial antics earned him an excellent 8.70 (out of a possible 10) to steal the win from Schulz with a 16.03 (out of a possible 20) heat total.
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“It’s an amazing feeling to take out an event with this level of competition and I had a great support group this whole time,” Glatzer said. “The waves were so good the whole contest and it’s one of the best QS events I’ve ever surfed. It’s funny because the boys were saying this place doesn’t really get that good, but then seeing it I just thought it was amazing out here and it felt like home. I’ve been doing QS events for three years already and finally got a win. They say you have to get on the grind and at some point it’ll hit but recently it just keeps hitting.”
Glatzer’s road to the Final was no easy task taking down an in-form Schulz after overcoming QS veteran Michael Dunphy (USA) in a hard-fought Quarter final before taking down the explosive, Encinitas, California, talent Taylor Clark (USA). The German representative, by parent’s heritage, posted a Perfect 10 last week in Costa Rica and that confidence helped push him here at Pismo Beach with everyone at home watching. Now, with a win under his belt, Glatzer is hoping for more in the future.
“My brother sent me a message with everyone at home watching online with about twenty of them in the living room which felt so nice,” Glatzer said. “I knew Kevin’s (Schulz) airs were insane today and I thought that if I get one of these sections I’ll have to do something much bigger that that. I landed in the flats and felt my back just bend so I’m sure after all the excitement calms down I’ll feel that later for sure (laughs). But, I’ll really enjoy this win and soak it in as much as I can since it doesn’t happen often in this sport before getting ready for the next one.”
Youngster Pinkerton showcases talents
The Women’s Pismo Beach Open Final offered another glimpse into what’s to come from some of North America’s top, upcoming talents once more. Sixteen-year-old Pinkerton is on an all-time run in 2018 with her first Regional Pro Junior Title already under her belt and now has a maiden QS victory to boast. The San Clemente, California, native continues to look dominant over her fellow North America standouts such as Semifinalist Alyssa Spencer (USA) and eventual runner-up Sibley. Pinkerton needed a 6.67 as the clock neared its 30-minute heat end and her decimating backhand delivered one last time to earn a 7.00 and her third WSL chair-up the beach this season after notching two Pro Junior wins.
“It means the world to me to win this event,” Pinkerton said.
“It gives me more confidence going into the rest of the QS events and I can tell myself that I’ve won one of these before and I can do this again.
“The waves were really fun, but it was a little sketchy just waiting for a long time for waves. Then Sam got a good one before we started getting some solid waves coming through for the rest of that heat which helped.
“We’re going to keep battling it out until the end and I know that we’re going to have more of those events together. Sam wants it just as much as I do so I can say it felt pretty good to get the win back over her, and I know she’s going to want take the win back in the next event.”
Pinkerton took down event dark horse Mathea Demplfe-Olin (CAN) in dominant fashion before moving into a tight Final bout. Now, Pinkerton prepares for the Live Like Zander Junior Pro to defend her win from last season that sent her on an amazing run in 2018.
For Schulz, a runner-up result was just what he needed to push the North America Regional Title to the last event. Lucca Mesinas’ (PER) elimination on Saturday opened the door for Schulz to chase him down and an incredible finals day performance fell just short of his second win of the season, but 750 points put him at 3,150 on the year.
The 22-year-old blasted the day’s highest single-wave score of a 9.53 in his Semifinal heat over Jake Marshall (USA) after already earning near-perfection against fellow San Clemente surfer and former Championship Tour (CT) surfer Nathan Yeomans (USA).
“That was legit air show all day and I feel good even though I didn’t get the win, but it feels good to get second in any event no matter what,” Schulz said.
“The heat with Nate (Yeomans) was grear He’s been my idol since I was a grom and we’re good friends now so I knew that was going to be a tough heat. Then it was Jake (Marshall) and he opened with a 9 so I knew I had to do something big, but a huge section came and I just threw the hail-mary.
“Coming into the Final I knew it’d be an air show because I know Leon (Glatzer) can throw some punts and falling on my first wave was probably the difference.
“It sounds like I’ve kept the dream alive for the North America title heading to Barbados so I’m super excited about that.
“I haven’t looked at what I need to do there just yet, but I’ll hopefully just do what I did here.”
Following her RVCA Pro Junior win at Newport Beach, California, over Pinkerton, Sibley now has back-to-back WSL Final appearances and continues to show her potential unfolding. The 15-year-old took down 2017 North America Pro Junior Champ Spencer with an excellent 8.17 after a slow start and didn’t let that lead diminish. But, the San Clemente competitor is just getting started and left with her head high, ready for the next event.
“I was just hoping to get an opportunity to get a long left and tee off a few turns and unfortunately I never got a good backup,” Sibley said.
“I’m really excited for Kirra (Pinkerton) and just stoked to have another Final with her. Now I’m just ready for the next QS and hopefully take a win. That first heat against Alyssa (Spencer) I got that really good wave that gave me an opportunity for the 8-pointer and after that wave I felt really confident going into the Final. I went into that Final with no nerves and just wanting to have fun so I still had a great time, and I’m really stoked with how I did at this contest overall.”
The next men’s North America QS event will be the Thomo QS 1,000 in Memory of Bill Thomson at Soup Bowl, Bathsheba, Barbados from November 6 – 10.
The women’s North America QS season concludes with this event and Caroline Marks (USA) is the 2018 QS Regional Champion once more, now going back-to-back with an incredible season.
Men’s Pismo Beach Open QS 1,000 Final Results:
1 – Leon Glatzer (DEU) 16.03 1,000 points
2 – Kevin Schulz (USA) 14.87 750 points
Women’s Pismo Beach Open QS 1,000 Final Results:
1 – Kirra Pinkerton (USA) 11.50 1,000 points
2 – Samantha Sibley (USA) 11.17 750 points
Men’s Pismo Beach Open QS 1,000 Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Kevin Schulz (USA) 17.96 def. Jake Marshall (USA) 16.87
SF 2: Leon Glatzer (DEU) 12.77 def. Taylor Clark (USA) 12.24
Women’s Pismo Beach Open QS 1,000 Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Samantha Sibley (USA) 13.04 def. Alyssa Spencer (USA) 12.26
SF 2: Kirra Pinkerton (USA) 15.66 def. Mathea Dempfle-Olin (CAN) 9.64
Men’s Pismo Beach Open QS 1,000 Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Jake Marshall (USA) 14.90 def. Kade Matson (USA) 13.64
QF 2: Kevin Schulz (USA) 16.67 def. Nate Yeomans (USA) 13.33
QF 3: Taylor Clark (USA) 11.83 def. Matt Passaquindici (USA) 11.50
QF 4: Leon Glatzer (DEU) 15.07 def. Michael Dunphy (USA) 13.74
GERMAN sports betting operator Bwin will be the official betting partner of Bundesliga team FC Cologne for the next three years.
As an exclusive sports betting partner, bwin will be visible on TV via the three channels/networks with relevant broadcast rights. In addition to the classic partner integrations, the cooperation includes comprehensive integrations on the website, the app and the digital channels of the second-league club. This partnership also gives bwin hospitality and branded content rights.
Tailor-made campaigns and promotions for FC fans on digital channels and various offline channels will in future offer a special fan experience as well as “money can’t buy” campaigns for the carnival season.
Stephan Heilmann, who is responsible for bwin activities in the German-speaking region, commented: “The billy goats are ‘noticeably different’: Almost all Cologne-based people are thrilled with their club – regardless of whether they are playing in the 1st or 2nd Bundesliga,” he said.
“This high level of identification makes FC a very special club. That’s why we are particularly looking forward to working with FC. With our innovative partnership we want to jointly develop new added value for the fans around the actual gaming experience.”
FC Cologne Managing Director Alexander Wehrle said the club was excited to be moving forward with Bwin onboard, having previous had betsafe and bet90 as their official betting partner.
“We are delighted that in bwin we have teamed up with a market leading brand in the field of sports betting for a cooperation that has a high level of acceptance especially in football, fits in with FC and has significant digital expertise,” he said.
“Together we will develop interesting offers and content for our fans. We would like to thank our previous partners betsafe and bet90 for their cooperation over the past years.”
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This week, an American Congressman has announced that he is ready to introduce new legislation, which would veto the New Jersey sports betting case. In Belgium, the country’s gaming regulator has caused a ripple effect right around the world due to an esports investigation. And in Japan, the problem gambling bill timeline has changed once again. Find out more below.
Australia to comment on gambling advertising restrictions
The Australian public can now comment on the gambling advertising restrictions set to be introduced in 2018. Australia’s industry body for free to air television networks, Free TV, opened the consultation period this week on the new provisions, including a ban on gambling ads during live sporting events between 5 am and 8:30 pm. The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) will then need to approve the provisions.
Anti-Lottoland campaigner, Tatts, donated almost $100,000 to state and federal political parties, according to the 2015-2016 public political donations register. One Nation Senator, Pauline Hanson, received a donation of almost $2000 from Tatts, a day after she introduced a secondary amendment banning Lottoland to the Interactive Gambling Amendment Act 2016. Tatts has been campaigning to get Lottoland banned ever since it entered the market, and recently had a win when the Northern Territory Attorney General announced it could no longer accept bets on Australian lotteries.
Six issues with the UK gambling industry
The UK gambling industry is undergoing several changes regarding online casino bonuses and wagering terms. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) revealed several concerns it has following an investigation into UK online casinos, at the 2017 Raising Standards Conference. CMA Project Director, George Lusty, said the main issues are a lack of transparency of promotional terms, withdrawals, play restrictions, free bets and publicity. The CMA will determine whether the operators have addressed these concerns next month.
A bookmaker in Northern Ireland has been arrested following an investigation into fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs). While the machines are legal in the rest of the UK, according to the police they’re illegal in Northern Ireland. There are reportedly 600 FOBTS in the region, which have apparently been operating illegally, as FOBTS have a maximum bet limit of £100 and Northern Ireland law states that the maximum bet limit is 30p. The Public Prosecution Service will decide whether to charge the bookmaker.
US to introduce legislation vetoing NJ sports betting case
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a plan which could disrupt American online casino and poker players. The plan will roll back internet neutrality, which bans Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from prioritising websites or activities, as well as blocking access to specific sites. FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, announced his deregulation agenda on Tuesday, and while it is expected to be approved next month, it has already been met with resistance from companies like Amazon, Google and Facebook. The companies believe deregulating the internet will allow telecoms to determine what content customers see. Telecoms could also forget about looking after casinos and poker rooms in states where gambling is legal, resulting in consequences for players.
US Representative Frank Pallone has said he wants to introduce new legislation, which would, in effect, make the New Jersey sports betting case redundant. Pallone said he wants to introduce the Gaming Accountability and Modernization Enhancement Act (GAME), to give individual states the right to legalise online gambling. Currently, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) prevents all US states from legalising sports betting. While four states managed to legalise it before the act was enforced in 1992, several other states, including New Jersey, are fighting for the right to change their laws.
Along with legalising online gambling, the Pennsylvanian gambling expansion included the addition of Category 4 satellite casinos. However, 88 towns and boroughs have filed resolutions prohibiting satellite casinos from being built where they live. There are 10 available satellite casinos, which are permitted to house up to 750 slot machines and 40 table games, but it’s not clear where they will set up shop.
Belgium says loot boxes count as gambling
The Belgian Gaming Commission (BCG) has found loot boxes, like in the latest Star Wars Battlefront II game, should be classified as gambling following an investigation. The regulator said the random nature of the boxes, and the fact you are risking money for an unknown prize, counts as gambling. The Minister of Justice, Koen Geens, also weighed in on the matter, stating that money and video gaming don’t mix and that the government would be looking to ban all in-game purchases. The BCG has urged other jurisdictions to follow suit, with Hawaii looking into reviewing the release of the EA game. A French politician has also penned a letter on the matter, while an Australian state regulator has agreed with the BGC’s stance.
Germany confirms casino operators need license to operate
The Bundesverwaltungsgericht or Federal Administrative Court of Germany has confirmed online casino and poker operators can only service Germans if they have a local license. Following a judgement over two offshore online casino operators that had been accepting German players, the court stated that the ban was constitutional and in line with European law. The two casinos continued to accept German players after a lower court ruled the licensing system was disorganised. The court overturning the decision has prompted calls for a regulatory overhaul, despite the State Treaty, which has caused a considerable amount of resistance between states and EU authorities.
Vietnamese locals to enter casinos within weeks
Vietnam locals will officially be able to enter local casinos next month, after the announcement of a three-year trial at the end of 2016. A long-standing ban has been lifted and finally confirmed by government advisor to Vietnam, Augustine Ha Ton Vinh. Last month a decree was released stating that locals would be able to enter land-based casinos provided they earned a minimum of VND 10 million a month, following the announcement the country would trial the program for three years last year to attract foreign investors.
Japan to submit problem gambling bill earlier than expected
Despite earlier reports that Japanese lawmakers were postponing their problem gambling bill, the governing Liberal Democratic Party, along with Komeito, agreed to an earlier timeline. According to GGRAsia, the two parties agreed to submit the problem gambling bill by December 9. The media outlet said several members from the two parties were even aiming to pass the anti-addiction framework during the current sitting. The expedited timeline is a surprise, given Japanese media outlets reported that the legislation would unlikely be submitted this year. The Integrated Resorts Implementation Bill is still in the works and the country’s lawmakers will likely debate it next year.
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This week we kick things off with an unusual story about a man pleading guilty to doubling his winnings by using photocopied tickets at an Australian casino. In the US, online gambling legalisation is still on the cards, while a poll has revealed a change in attitudes towards sports betting. Meanwhile, Macau has released new information on the VIP room smoking ban. Find out more below.
Australian photocopies winning casino tickets to double winnings
A new $AUD10 note has been released in Australia and it has already caused a stir among automatic cash users. TAB machines where punters place sports bets, as well as poker machines (slots), are reportedly rejecting the $10 note. The Reserve Bank Australia, which will be releasing $20, $50 and $100 notes in the future, said companies have had six months to get their software compatible.
The Australian Competition Consumer Commission (ACCC) has filed an application with the Australian Competition Tribunal, requesting a new hearing on the Tabcorp tie-up with Tatts. The ACCC believes that the Tribunal has run out of time to make a decision based on the May-June hearing and wants a fresh hearing to review new evidence. The Tribunal has announced that a new hearing will take place on October 24, which will consider both the original applications and the new evidence submitted since June.
A man has been found guilty of photocopying poker machine (slots) tickets and getting his partner to cash in the original ticket at a Darwin casino, to reap double the winnings. The perpetrator was sentenced to two years’ good behaviour bond and ordered to pay a few $AUD300 in fines.
America wants to a legalised sports betting industry
The Washington Post and University of Massachusetts (UMass) Lowell have surveyed 1000 Americans regarding a legalised sports betting industry. The findings revealed a shift in perceptions, with 55 percent supporting the idea of wagering on sporting events, and 33 percent opposing it. The results have been compared to a similar study performed in 1993, which revealed 56 percent of respondents were against sports betting, while only 41 percent supported it.
Hawaii has been cracking down on illegal gambling for months now, but police have arrested 35 people since August alone. The state bans gambling dens and underground slots parlours, along with all forms of wagering. Police authorities have estimated that there are around 100 illegal operations in the state, which have been warned to stop.
Meanwhile, Pennsylvania and Michigan still have plans to legalise online gambling, despite several set backs. Pennsylvania has been considering legalising online gambling to fill a hole in the budget but the Senate and House of Representatives have argued over the finer details. While no progress has been made, a regulated online gambling industry could still happen. In Michigan, the online gambling debate only started last year but it made some progress this year. Although it has stalled, local media reports state that it could still happen in 2017.
UK bookmaker turns its back on industry
The UK gambling industry has suffered ever since the country’s regulator released problem gambling rates to the media. The Labour Party has been coming up with ways to combat the high incidence rates, and now the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Tom Watson, is calling on UK bookmakers to pay for the treatment of gambling addicts. The country’s prominent gambling charity, GambleAware, wants the gambling industry to donate 0.1% of gross gaming yield to to fund problem gambling awareness and treatment services.
As UK gambling operators await the triennial review of the gambling industry, one bookmaker is breaking ties by calling for a reduction on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) stakes. Paddy Power Betfair chief executive, Breon Corcoran, wrote to Britain’s parliamentary under secretary of state for sport, Tracey Crouch, stating that the government should reduce the maximum stake on FOBTs from £100 to £10 as the issue has become ‘toxic’. The government has recently been facing increased pressure to reduce the maximum stakes from £100 to £2.
Meanwhile, the industry is gearing up for the first-ever Responsible Gambling Week commencing on October 12 and running until October 18. Run by the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling, the initiative will see UK online casinos and betting operators, as well as bingo clubs, land-based operators and arcades rub shoulders.
Gibraltar lottery company launches insurance business
Lottoland Gibraltar has announced that it has launched a financial company, known as Fortuna Insurance. The company, which consists of five experts, will provide insurance and gaming analytics to Lottoland, while reducing the risk of using third party coverage to cover the equivalent jackpots of international and local lottery draws.
Germany may not get to regulate gambling
Time is running out for the Interstate Treaty on Gambling in Germany and things aren’t looking good with the Schleswig-Holstein government recently voting against the amendments introduced to the legislation in March. The Treaty, which legalises and regulates sports betting in Germany, needs the approval from all 16 states before being implemented. It’s unlikely the treaty will be instated, causing uncertainty for operators which have expressed interest. Meanwhile, the northernmost state has announced plans for its own legalised online gambling industry, calling for regulated online casino gambling as well as legalised sports betting.
Macau’s new casino smoking rules
Macau has been cracking down on smoking in the country’s casinos, and has announced the latest rules for the VIP smoking lounges. They were originally exempt from the casino smoking ban, but have since been included under new legislation. However, operators can install gaming-free smoking lounges in the high roller areas, according to the new rules. The new information released this week by the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture, detailed that gaming tables and slot machines have to be at least three metres from the entrance of smoking lounges. If there is a wall separating the lounge and casino, then the distance can be reduced to two metres. The smoking lounge must also have a single entrance, with automated sliding doors. Smoking in these lounges must stop two hours before cleaning, with cleaners required to wear masks.
Switzerland compromises to introduce new gambling rules
The Swiss government has agreed to a tax scrap on lotteries and sports betting winnings under CHF1 million in order to move forward with new gambling legislation. The government has been attempting to implement tighter rules which protect vulnerable players and prevent money laundering but has faced several hurdles. The new laws will replace the Lotteries and Betting Act 1923 and the Gambling Act 1998. Under the new gaming legislation, only licensed betting sites in Switzerland will be able to operate in the country, while all winnings from online gambling will be subjected to income tax. The gambling bill needs to pass the final vote before being signed into law.
Philippines risks oversupply of casinos
The Philippines Anti-Money Laundering Council has announced it will be releasing new rules and regulations regarding money laundering policies by the end of October. The new rules will impact the Philippines casinos, which have been defined as ‘covered persons’ under the amendments to the Anti-Money Laundering Act 2001. The rules include the implementation of the Know Your Customer process, as well as monitoring suspicious behaviour and keeping a record of large cash transactions.
The country has received extra attention from foreign investors ever since it announced that the Philippines Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) would be selling off its casinos. However, industry insiders like Razon are reportedly stating that the country risks oversupply and over investment within the casino industry, which would cause “cannibalisation” over time.
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There’s plenty of changes happening this week with the American Gaming Association attempting to convince tribes to join the fight against the sports betting ban. In Japan, a regulatory framework for new casinos could be delayed due to a snap election. Meanwhile, the Philippines may see an Australian-backed casino reopen soon. Find out more below.
Australian gambling merger derailed
A merger between two of Australia’s biggest gambling companies has ben derailed after the Federal Court upheld an appeal by an Australian watchdog. Tabcorp and Tatts agreed to merge over a year ago but the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission noted several issues with the $11.3 billion agreement. While Tabcorp bypassed the standard regulatory approval process and went straight to the Australian Competition Tribunal, the ACCC launched an appeal following the approval of the deal. The case has now been sent back to the Tribunal for review.
The Australian state of Victoria is attempting to alleviate problem gambling issues with new reforms. Under the new legislation, gambling advertising will be banned in public places, such as billboards and public transport stations, while cash out limits at poker machine venues have been capped at $500.
American casino ripped off following hurricane
The New Jersey sports betting case is heating up in the US, with the American Gaming Association set to convince American tribes, which run land-based casinos in the US, to join the fight against the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act 1992 which bans sports betting in nearly all US states. An AGA representative will speak at a conference on Thursday alongside the National Indian American Association chairman, Ernie Stevens Jnr.
Florida is in the process of cleaning up, following the devastating Hurricane Irma. While the land-based gambling industry came out relatively unscathed, the Mardi Gras Casino had its gaming floor ripped out due to the Category 4 storm. While the casino is closed indefinitely, the nearby Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino in Hallandale Beach is allowing players to use Mardi Gras loyalty coupons to play the slots. While Mardi Gras casino has labelled the casino operator as an opportunist, Gulfstream said it is helping players out and would expect any casino to do the same.
Scientific Games has announced it is acquiring NYX Gaming in a move which could properly prepare the company for a legalised sports betting industry in the US. The Las Vegas-based company announced the $USD631 million deal, which will see the integration of NYX’s sportsbook among other products. Given the New Jersey sports betting case is set to be determined in early 2018, the company could be one of the first to supply sports betting services to the country.
Problem gambling rates are down in Germany
Germany is facing a huge hurdle in its efforts to legalise online gambling, with several of the 16 individual states hesitating when it comes to implementing the proposed Interstate Treaty. Saxony-Anhalt Finance Minister, André Schröder, warned that the treaty, which was introduced in 2012 to create a secure online gambling environment, requires all 16 individual states to adopt the legislation by January 1, 2018, or it will fail. The Minister is urging states to act quickly, with international gambling operators already looking to enter the German market.
A study in Germany has shown that problem gambling is declining in the country. The Drug and Addiction Report 2017, released on Monday, recorded a decline in the rate of problem gamblers. The survey questioned 11,500 respondents and found 0.42 percent were problem gamblers, while 0.37 percent were classed as severe pathological gamblers. These figures are significantly lower than the 0.69 percent and 0.82 percent figures recorded, respectively, in 2013.
Macau could face revenue decline
A Macau court has determined that information regarding junket operators and individual casino operators cannot be concealed from interested parties. The Macau’s Court of Second Instance overturned the decision of the city’s Administrative Court. While a list of junket operators in Macau is made public, who they are working with is not. An unnamed attorney sued the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ) after the regulator refused to hand over the list of casinos which used junket operators, claiming the list was classified.
Macau is doing incredibly well in terms of gaming revenue and has even managed to bounce back after the typhoon last month. But Beijing is escalating its anti-corruption campaign yet again, which could have detrimental impacts on the gaming industry. The autonomous region has experienced revenue growth in recent months, following a hit due to China’s anti-gambling crackdown over the past two years. But the recent restrictions, including caps on ATM limits when using UnionPay, is set to cause a revenue decline, according to analysts.
Casino regulation could be delayed in Japan
All Japanese lawmakers have been talking about is casino regulation, but according to local media reports a snap election could derail the process until later next year. Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, is reportedly considering an October election to strengthen power in the Diet, but analysts have said the move will delay the Integrated Resorts Implementation Bill debates until 2018.
Meanwhile, Genting Singapore Plc has announced it has opened an office in Tokyo, Japan. The casino operator has previously expressed interest in investing in an Integrated Resort once the appropriate legislation has been implemented. Given reports of a snap election, the casino operator may have jumped the gun here.
Barbuda looks to gambling to save island
Hurricane Irma didn’t just impact Florida, it devastated several Caribbean islands including Barbuda. At the time of writing, all 1700 residents are living on the sister island of Antigua as the Category 5 storm damaged around 95 percent of the island’s structures. Now the country wants to re-regulate online gambling to help rebuild the country. Antigua and Barbuda’s ambassador to the US, Ronald Sanders, said that when America cracked down on Internet gambling without consulting the island, it cost the two islands $21 million in revenue a year. If the US paid it back, the island could rebuild.
Philippines casino back on track after attack
Casino traffic has increased at Resorts World Manila, after a deadly attack which left 38 dead three months ago. A lone gunman stormed the casino in the Philippines and set fire to gaming tables, resulting in the deaths of 37 people. The man was then shot by police. The casino was shut down for almost a month and then reopened to the general public. According to local media, the casino is recording traffic of 26,000 people a day – 2000 less than before the attack but an improvement in recent months.
A Philippines casino which is owned by an Australian company is set to reopen soon, according to an Australian Security Exchange media announcement. The Casablanca Casino in Angeles City was shut down last year after Frontier Capital Management failed to pay requisite cash. The Philippines and Amusement Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) has given the company several chances to get the money so venue can reopen.
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