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Pagcor justifies license moratorium

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Pagcor (Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp), the gaming authority of Philippines, justified its recently introduced moratorium on the casino licensing process. Alfredo Lim, President and Chief Operating Officer of Pagcor, said the move would help authorities safeguard the existing operators’ interests.

The moratorium puts a stop on issuing land-based casino licences by the government in order to protect investments that have already made in the country, as authorities explained during the World Gaming Executive Summit in Barcelona last week. Current casino licences are not affected by the measure and could benefit from it.

Five applications had been submitted to Pagcor before the moratorium was issued this month and, according to Lim, they would continue to be processed, meaning that the Philippine casino market could be further expanded this year. However, authorities did not reveal when the moratorium would lose effect.

Meanwhile, last month, the Parañaque City Council, located in the Philippines Islands, allowed Landing International Development Limited to install a new casino. According to the official reporters, the international gaming company is now able to invest and operate an integrated resort after leasing 9.5 hectares of land in May.

 

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Mobile Betting Bill Fails to Progress Through New York Assembly

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Senator Joseph Addabbo’s mobile betting bill has failed to progress through the New York Assembly. The legislative session saw S17 fail to progress beyond the Assembly Standing Committee on Codes.

Addabbo tweeted that he saw no clear reason why the state could not implement mobile sports betting in 2019. Failure to do so would see the state miss out on around $75m in revenue, funding for education, and both job creation and retention.

“NY will be stuck like a disabled car on the shoulder, while we allow an illegal sports betting business in our state thrive and idly watch other neighboring states pass us up with enormous revenue gains from mobile sports betting,” Addabbo said.


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Eldorado Resorts to Buy Caesars Entertainment Corp

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Eldorado Resorts Inc., the US based casino operator, has agreed to merge with Caesars Entertainment Corp through a $17.3 billion cash and stock deal.

The deal, which is expected to be announced soon, values Caesars at close to $13 a share. The combined company’s ownership would be split roughly between Eldorado and Caesars shareholders.

An Eldorado spokesman said the company did not comment on rumours or speculation. Caesars did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The combination of the two companies would create a serious competitor to larger casino industry players, such as Las Vegas Sands Corp, Wynn Resorts Ltd and MGM Resorts International.


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Nagasaki Governor Reaffirms His Support for Sasebo IR Bid

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Nagasaki Governor Hodo Nakamura has reaffirmed his support for the Sasebo IR bid and urged the national government not to delay too much in issuing its IR regulations and establishing the national regulatory framework.

While Sasebo’s bid is not linked to a specific timeline, the local government does wish to move forward quickly, especially now that other competing bids could emerge from the Kyushu region.

In related news, Nagasaki IR Business Connect Seminar is going to be held with the participation of international operators and investment groups.


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