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Tiger Resort pushes for casino license in Japan

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Tiger Resort Leisure and Entertainment Inc., the Philippines-based casino operator, is planning to start an office and obtain casino license in Japan.

Its parent company Universal Entertainment Corp. has announced the news on Wednesday through a statement on its website. “[Tiger Resort’s] Japan Branch will be established for research and analysis of the Integrated Resort Implementation Bill of Japan and study of the potential of a casino resort business in Japan in the wake of the enactment of said Bill in July 2018 with a view to becoming a future business contact (such as customer solicitation and marketing activities),” reads the statement.

The tentative date to register the brand was set for today, and the company said that Toji Takeuchi will be the Branch Representative for the company in Japan. The country legalised casinos in late 2016, but is still discussing legislation for integrated resorts.

Tiger Resort Leisure operates the Okada Manila casino in Manila, one of three integrated casino-resorts in the Philippine capital’s version of the Las Vegas gaming strip.

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Singapore to Establish New Gambling Regulatory Authority in 2021

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Singapore is set to establish a new Gambling Regulatory Authority (GRA) by 2021 to consolidate and optimise all gambling regulatory resources within a single agency.

The GRA will see the current Casino Regulatory Authority (CRA), which oversees Singapore’s casinos, and the Gambling Regulatory Unit, which regulates remote gambling services and “fruit machines,” come under one umbrella.

The GRA will also govern terrestrial gambling services currently overseen by the Singapore Totalisator Board, illegal gambling activities enforced by the Singapore Police Force and even responsible gambling measures currently controlled by the Ministry of Social and Family Development.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said that while Singapore’s current gambling regulatory framework has delivered positive outcomes, there are “emerging trends” that can have a significant impact on the gambling landscape.

“For example, technology has changed the way people gamble and made it more accessible. Business models have evolved to suit changing customer preferences by introducing gambling elements in products that are traditionally not seen as gambling,” the MHA said.

In response, the new GRA “will consolidate and optimize gambling regulatory resources within a single agency. This will allow GRA to stay even more effectively abreast of technological and global trends, respond faster to emerging products in particular those that cut across different domains, and take a more holistic approach to gambling policies and issues.”

“Even as we update our laws, MHA will retain a generally prohibitive stance towards gambling, and continue to maintain a risk-based regulatory approach towards existing gambling operators,” it said.

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Singapore Casinos to Shut Down Their Operations for One Month

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Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa, the two integrated resorts in Singapore, are going to shut down their operations this week after the government announced strict new measures to combat the spread of COVID-19.

With only essential services and key economic sectors permitted to continue operating as of April 7, Marina Bay Sands announced that it would suspend all integrated resort services until May 4. No new hotel reservations will be accepted and MBS said it would look to make alternative arrangements for any guests already staying in the hotel who are due to stay beyond the start of the closure period.

Resorts World Sentosa will also suspend most of its operations, including the casino and popular attractions Universal Studios Singapore, S.E.A. Aquarium, Adventure Cove Waterpark and Dolphin Island.

“In the meantime, we will continue to look after our RWS family, including the marine life under our care,” the company said.

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Maverick partners with DaJiang to dominate Asian market

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Announcing Maverick has entered into a partnership deal with DaJiang to target the Asian market as part of its global expansion strategy. In this strategic partnership, the DaJiang site will serve Maverick’s full game suite. As one of the fastest growing online slot companies, focusing on a rapidly growing base of players boosts Maverick’s presence.

“Maverick was the obvious choice. Our players are excited to play Asian-themed games with the fastest loading speed in the industry.” – Kurt, Casino Manager.

“We are truly thrilled about partnering with DaJiang. DaJiang is a well-known name who has a long history in using new innovative technology to provide an exceptional iGaming experience to their players. DaJiang will be a perfect platform through which to deliver our Asian localized games to a market that is growing exponentially by the day.” – Joya Dixon, Head of Business Development.

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