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Melco to launch casino in Cyprus

Niji Narayan

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Melco Resorts & Entertainment, a Hong Kong-based gaming and hospitality company, is all set to launch its first casino resort outside Asia.  The company has announced its €550-million City of Dreams Mediterranean integrated resort in Limassol, Cyprus. It will be a full-blown, Las Vegas-style casino – the first of its kind in Cyprus.

The ground-breaking ceremony was attended by Melco CEO and Chairman Lawrence Ho, Melis Shiakolas of CNS Group, Melco’s local partner, and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, among a number executives and officials.

Melco was selected as the preferred developer of an integrated resort with a casino floor in the Republic of Cyprus in the fall of 2016, and received the necessary gaming license and other related permissions last year.

Its plan includes the development of a mixed-use complex in the Zakaki area of the city of Limassol. Construction work is expected to be completed in 2021. Melco has said that the resort’s development will annually create 4000 jobs. City of Dreams Mediterranean will also employ more than 6500 people directly and indirectly once fully operational.

The gaming portion of the resort will occupy 7500 square meters and will feature 1200 slot machines and 140 gaming tables. Aside from its casino, the first one on the territory of the Republic of Cyprus, the complex will also include a 500-room hotel, a 1200-square-meter retail area, 9600 square meters of convention, event, and meeting space, and a number of food and beverage facilities and attractions.

Melco has previously said that it would look to attract tourists all year round, instead of relying on the summer months during which the island nation sees the largest flow of international visitors. The company expects that the UK, Russia, Germany, and Israel will represent its largest markets.

Under the terms of its gaming license, Melco was allowed to operate a temporary casino in Limassol, while the main resort is under development. It was announced during today’s ground-breaking ceremony that the temporary facility will launch June 28 and will feature 33 gaming tables, 242 gaming machines, and a VIP gaming area.

The property cost €12 million to be built on a plot not far from the main resort’s construction site. The temporary casino will be closed once the larger casino opens doors. Staff will be transferred to the main gaming floor.

Melco and its local partner are also set to open four satellite casinos across the island nation, the first two of which – one in the capital Nicosia and the other in Paphos – are expected to be ready by November. A satellite facility will then launch in Larnaca in January 2019. The fourth such venue will be located in Ayia Napa and will be opened in May 2019.

 

 

Source: CasinoNewsDaily

Niji Narayan has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. He reports gaming industry headlines from all around the globe.

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Criticism mount against casinos in Goa

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Casinos in Goa, India, continue to attract criticism. An organisation called Aam Aurat Admi Against Gambling (AAAAG), which means the organisation of common men and women against gambling, has asked the government to shut down all offshore gambling companies in the state.

“The Bharatiya Janata Party government had promised that the casinos would be removed from the Mandovi,” said Sabina Martins, the convenor of the organisation opposing gambling. “[late] Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had categorically stated that within four years of his tenure, the casinos would be phased out. Instead of phasing them out, the term of the existing casinos has been extended by another six months.”

AAAAG main objection is against the new Big Daddy casino, which was added after the government’s assertion.

“Amendments and regulations are made to favour casinos,” co-convenor of AAAAG, Anand Madgaoncar said. “While the world over, regulations govern casinos on the percentage of money to be given back to players, in Goa the casinos are having a field day looting them as no such regulations are implemented. There are no accountability mechanisms to check whether those employed are free from exploitation and addiction.”

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Red Tiger slots go live with PokerStars in Italy

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Slots from Red Tiger, the award-winning casino game and software developer based in Malta, have gone live on PokerStars in Italy.

A number of slot titles will be introduced in the coming weeks beginning with hits Mystery Reels and Arcade Bomb.

The launch follows a similar country-specific deal with PokerStars in Denmark, with Sweden and Spain on the way.

Gavin Hamilton, CEO of Red Tiger, said: “We’re very pleased to be working with PokerStars, which is one of the biggest and most-admired brands in gaming.

We’re also pleased to be entering Italy for the first time, continuing our ambition to be the top supplier in every regulated market.”

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Cirsa Gaming profit increase in 2018

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Spanish gaming company Cirsa Gaming Corporation posted a profit of €368.8 m for the financial year of 2018, in spite of the unfavourable exchange rate situation between Euro and Latin American currencies.

This corresponds to a 5.1 per cent year on year. Joaquim Agut, the company president and CEO, said: “The year was a key one for the company due to the purchase by Blackstone. I want to highlight the confidence shown by the new shareholder both in our strategic plan and in the team at Cirsa.”

He said that the company would continue to follow the plan, seeking organic growth. Cirsa is present in nine countries, mostly in Latin America, Italy and in its domestic market.

During the year it had acquired Casino Jaragua in the Dominican Republic, Winland in Mexico and Bingo Salou in Spain. It also acquired the Le Marage casino in Agadir, Morocco, and the El Fuerte and Dorado Mall locations in Panama.

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