Japan may look like it will be a sleeping giant in 2019, but the upcoming year may prove to be the most critical year in Japan’s march toward integrated resort development. Japan took a major step forward this year with the passage of the IR Implementation Bill and the Basic Bill on Gambling Addictions Countermeasures.
With competition increasing in casino markets across the world, many of the more astute casino operators are expanding and/or repositioning their facilities to differentiate themselves from their competition to better meet the needs of their customers. These operators have realized that they must create compelling environments and engaging experiences to fully penetrate their marketplaces and improve property performance.
With the recent repeal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act in the United States, sports betting has become one of the most talked-about topics in the industry. In the coming year, as states and U.S. territories examine how to address PASPA’s repeal, operators will be faced with a significant challenge: creating a suite of products that can effectively compete with the illegal market in a variety of regulatory environments.
Major casino operators have long perceived Cambodia as a tertiary gaming market – a collective mix of border casinos that catered to residents of adjacent countries seeking a convenient place to gamble. The absence of robust gaming regulations further discouraged larger operators from considering acquisitions or developments in the Kingdom. That perception is changing.
“The Strip” has long been a popular term in the casino industry. Originally used to describe Las Vegas Boulevard from Sahara Avenue south to Russell Road, the term was adopted to describe clusters of casinos and hotels in other jurisdictions including the Cotai Strip in Macau and, most recently, for a proposed multi-property development called the Osaka Strip in Osaka, Japan.
Four months after the U.S. Supreme Court repealed a federal law limiting sports betting to just four states, there has been a mad dash by bookmakers and system providers from all over the world to descend on U.S. soil and plant their flag.
Floor space measurement to be key factor in Japan IR investments
Exactly which facilities count towards total casino floor space will be the primary factor in determining the level of investment operators are willing to make in a Japanese IR. So says Global Market Advisors’ Brendan D. Bussmann in a column appearing in the September edition of Inside Asian Gaming, to be released next week.
GLI releases ‘GLI-33 Event Wagering’ technical standard
Upon “GLI-33: Event Wagering Systems” standards release, several regulatory bodies and industry experts immediately adopted and/or endorsed the new standard, including the Choctaw Gaming Commission of Choctaw Mississippi, the West Virginia Lottery, Cherokee Tribal Gaming Commission of North Carolina, and Global Market Advisors.