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US military raises concern over CNMI casinos

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The US military has raised concerns about the Chinese-funded casinos in the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). The military termed the casinos as a threat to its operations in the area.

A report from the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC), has declared the Chinese-backed gaming venues as harmful for the military’s exercises around the Pacific Ocean.

The report, titled “China’s Engagement in the Pacific Islands: Implications for the United States” focuses its assessment on venues on the CNMI islands of Saipan and Tinian.

According to the document, they “could complicate U.S. Department of Defense plans in CNMI for extensive training and exercises resulting from the recent relocation of Marines from Okinawa, Japan.”

The USCC specifically targets the Imperial Pacific Resort Hotel on Saipan and two proposed integrated resort projects on Tinian.

Alter City, responsible for the Tinian projects, argued that the report’s claims will “adversely impact the island of Tinian, its residents and adjacent operators” and blasted the US military for offering close to no benefits to the island, while “the burdens are significant and unsustainable.”

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Playtech “Takes Full Responsibility” and Apologises for PTES Failings

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Playtech has issued an apology for the failings of its PT Entertainment Services (PTES) subsidiary.

The case saw a customer sign up for an account in December 2016, ultimately spending £4.5m (€5.0m/$5.5m) on PTES’ Winner and Titanbet brands – losing £119,395 between 1 to 5 April 2017 alone – before committing suicide.

The UK Gambling Commission’s investigation uncovered widespread failings in the business’ social responsibility and anti-money laundering processes that resulted in no action being taken over the individual’s excessive gambling.

“We take full responsibility for these regulatory breaches. As a technology specialist, Playtech focuses on harnessing its capabilities in data-driven intelligence to place consumer protection at the centre of every stage of the player experience from game design to real-time engagement and messaging,” More Weizer, Chief Executive of Playtech, said.

“In recent years, we have invested significantly to seek to ensure that these types of breaches do not happen again, including addressing the specific issues raised by the Commission,” More Weizer added.

Playtech’s board extended its “deepest sympathies” to the victim’s family. Its interim chair, Claire Milne, will be contacting the family to apologise personally for the B2C subsidiary’s failings.

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MGA Survey Shows Impact of COVID-19 on Gaming Sector

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The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has conducted a survey among its licensed online operators to assess the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the gaming sector.

The results of the survey show that the worst-hit sector is projected to be the B2C sector, in particular the operators exposed to Type 2 game types. Indeed, the gaming revenue for this sector is projected to be 40% lower than that projected in earlier budgets for the same full year 2020. Most of the operators are considering postponing investment plans for a later date, subject to a notable degree of uncertainty.

The survey covered the areas including the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on gaming revenue, operating costs and investments. It also focused on the industry concerns and actions taken by operators during this pandemic.

 

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Casinos Austria to Reopen All its Venues from Today Onward

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Casinos Austria, who operates 12 casinos within Austria, is going to reopen all their venues from today onwards (May 29). Details on how the venues will operate under social distancing rules and safety for both staff and customers are not known at present.

Austria has not suffered as much as other European countries with the pandemic, with a total recording of 16,000 cases and a death toll of 645 as of May 25. The spike in the country came in March and early April and over recent weeks number of new cases has steadily declined.

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