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The Philippines moves towards suppressing online gambling

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The Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has affirmed his intent to suppress online gambling.

“Pero ‘yung online-online bingo (But the online bingo), it will be suppressed, no gambling,” he said recently during an award ceremony.

He labelled gambling as a magnet for many crimes, including kidnap-for-ransom and extortion.

 “Because gambling, look at Okada, all the kidnappers, extortionists, scalawag policemen, they kidnap right there in the hotel room. They call the family. ‘You don’t want to pay?’ Then they will kill them.” said Duterte.

The day after, Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo clarified that Duterte likely meant he would crack down only on “illegal” online gambling firms.

“As far as I know, that refers only to illegal online gambling,” said Panelo.

However, in the same Wednesday speech, Duterte said he had no problem ignoring contracts with casinos and companies behind gambling establishments.

“Kaya ‘yang casino (So those casinos), they are still at it. Kaya may franchise lang siya na sabi (Because they have a franchise and they said) it’s a contract. To hell with the contract, I told you I do not want gambling, period,” said Duterte.

Source: Rappler

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Las Vegas Sands pushes hard to get Japanese IR license

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Las Vegas Sands President courts Osaka officials, pitches multi-billion-dollar integrated resort plan.

Robert Goldstein, the president of US-based casino company Las Vegas Sands, has held meeting with Osaka Governor Ichiro Matsui and Osaka Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura to present the company’s plans for building and running a casino in Osaka. Osaka is tipped to be one of the three locations for which the newly announced IR licenses will be issued.

Goldstein briefed the officials about Las Vegas Sands’ success in the international gambling markets and company’s plans for investment in building an greatest integrated resort in Osaka. Sand now has casino facilities in Las Vegas, Macau, and Singapore.

Las Vegas Sands is willing to invest more than $10 billion for an IR facility in Japan.

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eSports market of Japan grows 13-fold last year

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According to gaming industry publisher Gzbrain Inc, Japan’s eSports market has grown by 13-fold to touch ¥4.8 billion (about $42.5 million) this year.

There has been a massive jump in revenue since competitive video gaming was legalised in February. The Japan Esports Union has also been set up, which provides professional licenses to gamers.

A number of new competitions have been planned. All these will make Japan’s eSports fan base to grow further. The industry forecast is that the domestic market will touch about $90 million in 2022.

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Caesars Entertainment hopeful of winning Japan license

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Jan Jones Blackhurst, Executive VP of Government Relations of Caesars Entertainment, is confident of winning the license for Japanese Integrated Resort (IR) licenses. The Japanese government has decided to issue three IR licenses for yet to be decided provinces. A number of international gambling operators are jostling to obtain one of the three licenses.

Blackhurst says that Caesars is right on track to win one of the three available licenses.

She said: “This is probably the single most important market to open in the last decade for sure, maybe the last two decades.”

Jones Blackhurst shot into prominence when she became Las Vegas’ first female mayor in 1991. She joined Caesars after serving two terms as mayor.

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