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Macau braces for entry ban of casino employees after duty time

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The casino industry in the Chinese territory of Macau is bracing for a proposed ban of casino employees entering the casinos outside work hours. The bill is estimated to affect the movement of 54,000 staff members, including 46,000 workers and 8,000 junket operator employees.

According to gaming expert Ricardo Chi Sen Siu, the bill could be flawed, as the technology to run facial ID on them would be less than 100 per cent accurate.

“Since it is almost impossible for an employer to detect where employees go after work, casinos may have to check IDs of the customers when they enter the gaming areas, but this may be quite time-consuming given the volume of customer flow in Macau today,” said Siu, who is an associate professor of Business Economics at the University of Macau.

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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The Original – BMM Testlabs to Exhibit at MGS 2019

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Kirk White:BMM Testlabs EVP and General Manager, Asia Pacific and Africa
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BMM Testlabs, the world’s original gaming test lab and product compliance consultancy, is pleased to participate at MGS 2019 in Macau from November 12-14.

EVP and General Manager, Asia Pacific and Africa, Kirk White commented, “BMM has seen extraordinary growth across the Asian Pacific region. In turn, we’ve grown our team and technical resources to support quicker certification times and increased market coverage to provide unparalleled guidance and support to manufacturers, operators and regulators alike. While BMM’s landbase and online product testing continue to drive our business, we are excited with the demand for our systems testing services from casinos, online, sports betting, lotteries and bingo systems suppliers. In addition, we are proud to continue our partnership with MPI for training and education in IT and gaming for locals.”

VP, Business Development, Asia, Jeffrey Fong added, “Our top priority is maintaining the highest level of independent quality testing in the world, assisting regulators, manufacturers and operators in every gaming sector and every regulated market to achieve their respective goals. We are looking forward to meeting and consulting with our gaming partners and industry professions during the MGS to discuss our testing solutions and learn about their product roadmaps for 2020 and beyond. We encourage all attendees to stop by booth AN29 to learn more about our world-class services.”

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Suncity to Spend Up to HK$35 Billion for IR in Japan

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Suncity Group has revealed its budget plan for a casino in Japan. The operator said that it would be spending anything between HK$30 billion and HK$35 billion for the prospective Wakayama integrated resort it hopes to build.

“Wakayama is rich in Japanese tradition and culture. The population is lower than Osaka or Yokohama, but there is abundant nature in the mountains and sea and we are planning a resort that incorporates these charms. I believe our ideas are in line with what the Japanese government is looking for in regional development,” Alvin Chau, CEO of Suncity Group said.

Suncity has been involved in a lot of controversies lately. Recently, it confirmed that the company is shutting its VIP gambling rooms located at The Star’s Sydney casino. According to the reports, the decision to shut VIP gaming rooms has been a mutual decision taken by both Suncity and Star Entertainment.

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Yokohama Chamber of Commerce to Launch IR Promotion Council in November

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The Yokohama Chamber of Commerce and Industry has announced that it is going to establish an IR Promotion Council in November to promote the city’s integrated resort (IR) bid.

In addition to the Yokohama Chamber of Commerce and Industry, eight groups, including the Kanagawa-ken Employer’s Association, are set to join in the venture.

Every year, the Yokohama Chamber of Commerce and Industry submits a summary of the desires and suggestions for municipal government administration and budget compilation for the next year to coincide with the timing of the Yokohama city budget compilation.

In September, the “Desires for Yokohama City Government Administration” document was submitted to Mayor Fumiko Hayashi, which included the hope to make a Yokohama IR bid a reality.

The document also mentioned, “Recognition of the necessity to establish a Yokohama IR Promotion Council with the objective of planning an IR bid for and promoting a unique Yokohama IR, and establish recognition that an IR that creates new industry and jobs is a valid option in order to maintain and develop the city’s economy amidst a declining population.”

It also focused on the advantages of an IR bid, stating, “IR is also considered to be an effective strategy for resolving Yokohama’s issue of not attracting enough overnight visitors and ensuring new tax revenue … and we hope that a Yokohama bid would be successful to lead to the revitalization of the city’s economy.”

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