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These are the 9 games that will now be permitted inside Japan’s Casinos



These are the 9 games that will now be permitted inside Japan's Casinos
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Japan has considerably strict gambling laws, only allowing games originating in Japan such as Pachinko. With that said, Japan is moving to allow for more casino-based games to be played, and have started by easing restrictions and legalizing the following games inside of Japanese casinos. Although not fully decided yet, legalization of these games seems to be just around the corner. Let’s take a look at the games that will be legalized inside of casinos. We should also note that online variations of this (electronic games) will also be legalized.

Baccarat (2 Variations)

Baccarat is a card game that you will soon be able to play at casinos in Japan. It is a comparing card game where the player and banker (dealer) compare the cards to see who has the most value. There are three outcomes of Baccarat: Player, Banker, or Tie.

Baccarat will soon be widely available in Japanese casinos, as this is also a game listed in the 9-main games that will be legalized in Japan.

Blackjack (4 Variations)

Blackjack is a card game where you are dealt a hand of two cards, and you are playing against the dealer (or the house). The aim of the game is to get as close to 21 (or 21 – by combining the card value) without going over, but more than the dealer.

Although the variations of blackjack have yet to be disclosed, there is a good chance that blackjack will be completely legalized in Japan allowing for many people who may play this behind the scenes to play inside of a casino.

Poker (8 Variations)

Poker is a multiseated game that has several variations as standard. Poker is a broad term for “card game”. Specifically, poker is any of a number of card games in which players wager over which hand is the best, which is then ruled by whatever the game rules are for that variation of poker.

This is also set to be legalized in Japan following the new rules change. The variations of poker are yet to be released publicly, but may already be released in native Japanese language.


Roulette is the gambling game in which a small ball is spun or dropped on a revolving wheel with numbered components. These numbers usually range from 0-36 with three color variations being red, black, and green. Roulette has several bets you can place, from the color it will land on to the number, from 2x odds to 36x odds.

Roulette is set to be legalized as a fun game to play that not many people will have had the chance to experience in Japan as it is completely illegal in its current state. There is no knowledge if these rules will be changed and changes to the typical roulette wheel will have to be made, but this is one of the biggest games to be legalized in Japan.

Sic Bo

Sic Bo is a dice type game. With three dice, a dealer rolls the three dice and there are multiple bets a player can make. These include having a specific number on one of the dice, small or big numbers, or combined total of all three dice. This game is quite fun, but can look confusing when first playing.

Sic Bo is played frequently in Japan, but this is currently Illegal. Going forward, Sic Bo will be able to be found within a casino, no matter where you go.


Craps is a simple game, and the fundamental idea is that two dice are rolled on a table. If the numbers are 7 or 11, the player wins. If the outcome is 2,3, or 12 – the bet loses. A draw results in a point, which is essentially a bet that keeps going until one of the outcomes is found.

Craps is likely to be the first one on the list to be legalized out of all of them, as it requires very little effort or funding to start – as all it needs is two dice.

Casino War

Casino war is a casino table game based on the game of war. Similarly, to baccarat, you play against the dealer and go to war for the highest card that is dealt to you. This game is also on the list to be legalized in Japan.

If casino war was to be released in Japan legally, there will be some issues with casino play time, as this game is often a long-lasting and time-consuming game with more than a few players on a table.

Pai Gow

Pai Gow is a Chinese gambling game, played with 32 Chinese dominoes. Instead of cards, dominoes are used as this is a type of poker.

Pai Gow is usually played on fancy tables, so you will be sure to see these when walking on the casino floor when this is finally all legalized.

To Sum Up

In conclusion, if the new Japanese casino regulation passes and the mentioned games are allowed to be played in public, there may be specific restrictions in place limiting players and or play time on these games. Casino regulation is something that takes time and a lot of consideration from the regulating bodies to get to a position where all parties are happy – and this is something seen from the risk averse casino regulation in the United States all the way across the globe to Japan. We’re sure whatever happens, you’ll be able to enjoy these games on the casino floor in Japan at some point in the not too distant future.


Made-in-India Shooter MaskGun Crosses 60 Million Players, Three Year Anniversary Update Out Now



Made-in-India Shooter MaskGun Crosses 60 Million Players, Three Year Anniversary Update Out Now
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SuperGaming, one of India’s leading game development companies announced its mobile multiplayer shooter MaskGun has crossed 60 million players. January also marks the game’s third anniversary.

To celebrate this, MaskGun gets a new update known as the 3rd Anniversary Update. It brings a revamped user interface, fresh skins, and hotly-requested 1v1 mode. It’s out now via the App and Play Store.

“The MaskGun anniversary update is our biggest one yet,” says Roby John, CEO and co-founder. “1v1 in particular has been the most requested feature from the community. It aims to be a test of true skill to show off the best talent from MaskGun’s 60 million plus players as there won’t be a team to make up for your lapses or carry you in a match.”

As the name suggests, 1v1 pits one player against another in a no-holds barred contest to see who is the best. Select from three weapon types — assault rifle, shotgun, and sniper rifle and square off against your friend (or enemy) and settle rivalries once and for all. You can check out what to expect from 1v1 in this handy trailer:

Beat your rivals consistently and you could find yourself a spot on MaskGun’s leaderboard and win unique in-game rewards too. You can access the mode from the Rumble section of the game’s menu. Other additions include new female agents and dragonborne weapon skins. You can download MaskGun for free right now on the App Store and Google Play.

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Macau’s Draft Gaming Bill Outlines Tighter Control of Casinos, Junkets



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Macau’s Legislative Assembly has published the draft of a highly anticipated gaming bill on Tuesday that gave details on the Chinese territory’s goal of tightening its grip on casino firms and reining in so-called junket operators.

The proposed changes, which need legislators’ approval to become law, mark the biggest reform in two decades for the world’s biggest gambling hub in terms of money wagered and lay the ground for multibillion-dollar casino operators ahead of the expiration of their licenses this year.

The 44-page draft document – published in Chinese and Portuguese – comes after the government announced on Friday that the number of new licenses would be capped at six and the license term halved to 10 years.

The licences of the six operators, Wynn Macau, Sands China, MGM China, SJM Holdings, Galaxy Entertainment and Melco Resorts, are all due to expire in June. The government said all existing or potential operators need to apply through a new tender process.

The draft bill aimed to provide clarity on the role of the junket operators, middlemen tasked with bringing in high-rollers from mainland China. If approved, casino operators would no longer have dedicated junket rooms, and revenue-sharing arrangements between the two parties would be prohibited.

Macau will continue to issue junket licenses to approved VIP promoters but will restrict them to only operating in one concessionaire. Previously, Macau junkets were allowed to operate in all operators with multiple rooms. This is likely to further dilute their influence.

While a proposal for a government official to directly supervise the casinos was dropped after feedback from the operators, casinos will be subject to a review every three years when the city’s gaming regulator will examine their “contractual compliance in general”.

Each license holder will have a 30% cap on the number of shares that can be publicly listed while any major financial transactions must be communicated to authorities. The government said it has the right to terminate a casino’s contract for reasons including public interest or breaching its obligations.

Casino operators will have to draw up a plan to promote responsible gambling, while there will be a maximum number of gaming tables and machines each license holder will be allowed to operate, according to the bill.

The draft detailed what would be expected of new licensees, including support for local small- and medium-sized companies, activities of “public interest” and support for fields including science and the environment.

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ONE Esports and Samsung Enter Long-term Partnership to Launch ONE Esports App



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ONE Esports, a subsidiary of Group ONE Holdings (ONE), has announced it has signed a long-term partnership with Samsung in Southeast Asia.

This is the latest major partnership for ONE Esports, following recent partnership announcements with Activision Blizzard, foodpanda Thailand, Franklin Templeton, FWD, Marriott Bonvoy and McDonald’s Philippines.

This partnership with Samsung will see ONE Esports develop an exclusive ONE Esports mobile app for Samsung devices in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, to be launched in the second half of 2022.

The app will be positioned as the go-to source for esports news and content in Southeast Asia, and will be seamlessly integrated into the ONE Esports media ecosystem, featuring news and content syndicated from ONE Esports’ website,, which will be localised across each market. Samsung users will also get to enjoy exclusive videos and rewards produced by the ONE Esports team for the app.

The app will be made available in the Samsung Galaxy Store and Google Play Store for over-the-air download exclusively on Samsung mobile devices this year.

“I am proud to announce this partnership with Samsung that brings ONE Esports’ world-class esports content natively on mobile, in collaboration with Southeast Asia’s leader in mobile devices and experiences. Samsung clearly understands that brands need to connect and engage with the next generation to stay ahead of the curve, and mobile devices and esports are two of the most effective ways to reach them. As the penetration of mobile usage and gaming across Southeast Asia continues to grow, this partnership will give the new generation of mobile-first consumers the best way to consume esports content,” Carlos Alimurung, CEO of ONE Esports, said.

“Led by a young, digital, and global audience, esports is shaping up to be the future of sports, media, and entertainment. Through this unprecedented partnership with ONE Esports, we are excited to bring the galaxy of esports to Samsung mobile users, many of whom are passionate about esports and mobile gaming. ONE Esports is uniquely positioned as Southeast Asia’s premier esports media organisation, and our partnership sets the cornerstone for combining the best of esports experiences with the best mobile gaming devices for our customers,” said Chris Tarr, Head of Mobile Services & Partnerships, Southeast Asia and Oceania at Samsung Electronics.

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