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Russian Primorye gets a boost as NagaCorp to fund $12 Billion Rail Line

Niji Narayan

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Primorye Gambling Zone will be real beneficiary of the Cambodian casino group Naga Corp’s proposed funding of $12 billion towards building 235-mile high-speed railway line, which will connect the Russian township of Primorye to the Northeastern Chinese city of Mudanjiang. The Chinese players are among the major customers of Primorye Gambling Zone. The new line is expected to multiply their number, as access to the town will become quick and easy. The Russian officials have previously accused to Naga Corp for dragging its feet on the development of its Naga Vladivostok casino resort in the area.

Russian media meanwhile report that NagaCorp has enlisted the help of Chinese rail company Dongfang Group on the project.

 “NagaCorp has helped to bring in China Railway Dongfang Group because it needs to attract a massive tourist flow, primarily from China, to successfully develop its business. And it encouraged the Chinese investor to carry out this project,” a source said.

NagaCorp refused to comment on the specifics of the project “until an active phase of the work in this direction starts,” but confirmed that the agreement had been signed in April and a feasibility study was underway.

It’s unclear whether the Russian government and fellow investors in Primorye may help to finance the project.

Russia’s Macau?

Eager to attract foreign investments, the sanction-riddled Kremlin has authorised the construction of eight casinos in the special economic zone, one of four such zones where gambling is legal in Russia.

The idea is to create a new Macau in Russia’s Far East. The region shares a large border with China and is but a ferry ride away from Japan, but the government has become frustrated by the slow development of the zone, which offers some of the best tax breaks in the world for gaming operators.

So far, the only casino up and running is the Tigre de Crystal, currently Russia’s sole integrated resort. Built by Summit Ascent Holdings, whose majority investor was Macau casino kingpin Lawrence Ho, it opened its first phase in 2015. But Ho has since sold down his shares in the company, suggesting a lack of faith in Primorye’s ongoing success.

One reason could be geopolitical, considering the small border Primorye shares with North Korea. In April last year, regional media outlet primemedia.ru reported that Russian trains loaded with military equipment were heading to the region in response to the escalation of hostilities between the US and the Hermit Kingdom – not exactly a state of affairs that’s conducive to investment.

And US President Donald Trump’s cancelation of nuclear talks with Pyongyang on Thursday is unlikely to turn that perception around.

Casino and Rail ‘On Track’

NagaCorp plans to build the biggest resort in the region, but the project has been delayed, apparently by extensive archaeological excavations, but it recently laid the foundations and claims to be “broadly on track” for 2019.

Another project — the Selena World Resort and Casino — which is led by a group of Russian and Asian investors, has also begun preliminary work.

Primorsky Krai Development, the government department charged with overseeing the proceedings, recently launched three independent auctions for plots of land authorised for casino development, but has received no bidders.

Development has been painfully slow for Primorye, but the advent of two new resorts over the next few years and NagaCorp’s proposed investment in transport infrastructure should — eventually — be a game-changer.

Source: Casino.org

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Instant Keno by Expanse Studios

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Have you ever played keno? The fun lotto-like game is a real blast, especially when you add multipliers in the mix. That’s what Expanse Studios was hoping for with Instant Keno, an instant fan-favorite that can pay wild sums of cash.

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Thai Govt Launches Sub-committees to Combat Illegal Gambling

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The Thai government has launched three new sub-committees that will try to tackle the country’s illegal gambling dens, which have been signalled as a major source of Covid-19 infections.

One sub-committee, headed by police inspector-general Gen Sarawut Kanphanit, will pinpoint areas where illegal gambling dens operate and examine the links between their heads and local police forces and administrative organisations.

Interior Ministry inspector, Phusit Somchit, will lead another sub-committee with the goal of proposing long-term measures to combat illegal gambling.

The third sub-committee will investigate the money trail illegal gambling dens leave. It will be headed by Pol Col Akkharaphon Bunyopatsatam, deputy director-general of the Department of Special Investigation.

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Inspired Announces New Contract With Entain

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Inspired Entertainment, Inc. announced today it has signed a new long-term agreement with Entain plc to provide its Virtual Sports products across Entain’s online brands and retail venues. This represents a significant extension in scope and duration to the current arrangements with the group.  Entain is one of the world’s largest sports betting and gaming groups, operating in the online and retail sector in more than 20 countries.  Via its proprietary technology platform, Entain offers sports betting, casino, poker and bingo online using some of the industry’s most iconic brands such as Ladbrokes, Coral, BetMGM, bwin, Sportingbet, Eurobet, partypoker, partycasino, Gala and Foxy Bingo.

“Inspired and Entain have been collaborating closely for the past decade through a successful partnership in both the retail and online channels,” said Brooks Pierce, President and Chief Operating Officer of Inspired.  “This new agreement is testament to the strength of our offerings and we look forward to extending our long-standing relationship and opening it up to new territories for Inspired, including North America, with Entain’s recognized brands.”

“Inspired has been a trusted key supplier and their Virtuals have proven to be very popular with our customers in both our retail venues and via our interactive platforms,” said Sandeep Tiku, Chief Operating Officer of Entain.  “We have been impressed with their continued innovation in Virtuals and we are excited that even more of our customers will be able to enjoy Inspired’s best-in-class content for the first time.”

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