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July - August 2000
Asia & Australasia

30th August   Australia   Source: Sydney Morning Herald
   
The New South Wales State Parliament is pushing through new laws that will ban smoking in public places. The California style law coming into force in 12 months time. Premises to be effected will be casinos, clubs and restaurants. Corporations who ignore the legislation to be fined up to A$5,500.
Smoking ban for cafes and casinos
 

25th & 27th  August   Manila   Source: Yahoo Singapore/Manila Times


    The subject of Internet gaming in the Philippines is once again in the news. The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) granted an exclusive 5 year license to Sports and Games Entertainment Corp - SageCasino.com in 1998. With pre-paid cards now available in Manila, this has sparked debate among those opposed to the casino and the original decision.
Philippines Divided Over Online Gambling
 

25th August   Macau   Source: Yahoo Singapore


    As part of proposed changes and the freeing up of the gaming industry in Macau the former Portugese enclave has hired consultants Arthur Andersen. The 40 year license to run casino gaming held by Dr. Stanley Ho ends in January 2002. 4.4 million people visited the island during the first 6 months of the year up from 3.6 million in 1999.
Macau mulls liberalisation of gaming industry
 

23rd August   Melbourne  Source: The Australian


   The Crown Casino in Melbourne, the largest casino in the southern hemisphere and owned by Kerry Packers PBL Group has turned in operating profits for the year of A$273 million. A$170 million of the total coming in the last six months. Turnover for the 2,500 slot, 350 table property was up 9% to A$1 billion.
Casino jewel in Packer crown
 

16th August   New Zealand  Source: Dow Jones Newswires


    Sky City Managing Director Evan Davies has given an interview to Dow Jones commenting on the companies results and future plans. The New Zealand company that recently purchased the Adelaide casino has announced annual profits of NZ$60.3 million on total revenues of NZ$295.4 million. Up 32% and 14% respectively for the year ending 30th June. The new casino in Queenstown on the south island being expected to open in December.
NZ's Sky City CEO: Rev Growth To Continue
 

13th August   Manila  Source: Philippine Star


    The granting of a license to operate an Internet casino to Sports and Games Entertainment Corp.(SAGE) by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation is the theme of an article in the Philippine Star. PAGCOR, was established under Ferdinand Marcos in 1973 to operate casinos in the country. Opponents of the license claim that licensing an online casino may be outside its charter.

  The New York Times online edition also has an amusing article comparing playing the latest slots in a traditional casino and playing at home online.
Place Your Bet: A Vegas Casino, or a Virtual One?
 

11th August   Las Vegas  Source: Press release


    Australian based slot manufacturer Aristocrat has announced that its US subsidiary been recommended for a gaming manufacturerís, distributorís and operatorís license in Nevada. The decision will next go to the Nevada Gaming Commission on 24th August.
The parent company Aristocrat Leisure Limited is based in Sydney and is quoted on the ASX under the symbol ALL.
Nevada Gaming Control Board Recommends Aristocrat For Licensure
 

8th August   Malaysia/Macau  Source: Business Post/ Yahoo Singapore


    Genting who operate the casino in Genting Highlands near Kuala Lumpur and at Subic Bay in the Philippines are being tipped to bid for a license in Macau. The 38 year monopoly on gaming on the island for Dr Stanley Ho is thought to be set finish at the end of 2001. The Malaysian Business Post in an article from the 4th also lists companies in the region that may try to secure licenses if they are made available.
Genting potential bidder for casino in Macau
 

4th August   Melbourne  Source: Press release


    BMM International have announced that they have been chosen by the Crown Casino, Melbourne as their exclusive tester of slots, gaming equipment and systems. The Crown has some 2,500 slots (88% Aristocrat) and 350 tables and is the southern hemispheres largest casino. BMM completed trials on Rapid Roulette that it is now in operation with sales to other gaming juristictions expected. Crown also has a trial running on a cashless gaming system on selected machines at the facility.
Crown selects BMM International as exclusive tester
 

3rd August   Toronto & New Zealand  Source: Press release


    Toronto based CryptoLogic have announced another contract from a traditional casino operator for the provision of online gaming software. Christchurch Casino on New Zealand's South island will be developing the online version at www.Kiwicasino.com. The casino is co-owned by England's Aspinalls Group and local company Skyline Enterprises.
  Earlier in the week Florida day cruise operator SeaEscape announced that it also wished to open an Internet casino and was evaluating software.
 

18th July   Hong Kong  Source: AP/Yahoo


    The Associated Press reported that Stanley Ho could lose his monopoly on gambling on Macau as early as next year but also that licenses on the 10 casinos will be maintained. Dr Ho has had the right to be the sole operator on the former Portugese colony since 1962.
 

11th July   Melbourne  Source: AFN



    The deployment of the new table game Rapid Roulette on to the gaming floor of the Crown Casino in Melbourne has apparently been a resounding success. Stargames and Crown Casino who are in partnership to develop and promote the game have signed a letter of intent with John Huxley to distribute it in further jurisdictions.
There are also further plans to develop other table games using the same technology.
 

7th July   Manila   Source: CNN Interactive


    The Philippine Amusement & Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) has licensed Sports and Gaming Entertainment (SAGE) to operate an online casino in the country.   Software downloads will be available in among others Japanese, Cantonese, Korean and Thai. Due to launch in August it is said to be Asia's first online casino with the company hoping to have 100,000 players by year end.
 

5th July   Tasmania 


    Australasia's oldest casino Wrest Point near Hobart, Tasmania now may also be visited online. Owners the Federal group have gone live with www.SouthernCrossCasinos.com. At this portal visitors may now access the Wrest Point Casino as well as it's sister on the island the Country Club Casino.
    The company is said to have invested A$10 million in the project since 1998. Software for the casinos is from Gaming & Entertainment Technology Systems and ACES also based in Australia. It is one more example of a steadily growing list of tie ups and co-operation between traditional gaming and gaming software houses.
 

4th July   Australia  Source: SMH/Australian Financial Review


    As the Australasian Gaming Expo 2000 concludes the effects of the moratorium on Internet gaming continues to fill many newspaper column inches. The Sydney Morning Herald concentrating on the negative impact on potential foreign investment.
    British companies SportingBet.com and Flutter.com had cheque books ready and were seeking licenses from the Tasmanian Government. To entice some of these investments to South Africa, the country is said to be moving  to get legislation quickly on the books to regulate Internet gaming. 
    The recent negative press has also led to the formation of the Australian Gaming Council. Comprised of a grouping of key operators and suppliers. They will be putting aside their competative differences to show a broad front against the Anti-gambling lobby.
UK bets may be off, at vast cost
Bets ban seen as billion-dollar blooper
 

3rd July   Wellington, NZ   Source: Dow Jones


   New Zealand's Sky City Ltd announced on the 30th June that the purchase of Adelaide Casino Pty Ltd., owner of the Adelaide casino for A$183 has now been completed. The company will be embarking shortly on upgrading and refurbishing the property. At present there are 71 tables and 760 slots with around 900 staff.
    Sky City owns and operates the Auckland casino located on the North Island and has 2 further casinos at various stages of development.
NZ's Sky City Completes Purchase Of Adelaide Casino
NZ Sky City Looks Forward To Settling Adelaide Casino Buy
 

3rd July   Australia  Source: Asia Pulse


    Asia Pulse reported on the 28th June that the Burswood Casino in Perth will be embarking upon a A$75 million expansion programme. Present daily visitors of 13,000 are expected to grow to 14,500. The changes that will add over 20,000 square meters of floor space across the premises and will take 16 months to complete.
Australia's Burswood Expands Resort