Japanese Lawmakers Start Discussions over Casino Bill in the Diet

Japanese Lawmakers Start Discussions over Casino Bill in the Diet

Lawmakers in Japan finally started discussions over the long-anticipated casino bill at a plenary meeting of the House of Representatives on Tuesday. The legislation, submitted to the Diet on April 27, establishes the framework of introducing integrated resorts, which would feature casinos. The Integrated Resorts Implementation Bill is supported by the ruling coalition led by the Liberal Democratic Party, which tries to get the legislation implemented by the end of the regular session on June 20. According to local media reports, the Diet is considering an extension of the legislative…

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Osaka Prefecture Willing to Host One of the Three Japanese Integrated Casino Resorts

Osaka Prefecture Willing to Host One of the Three Japanese Integrated Casino Resorts

The Chief of the Kansai Association of Corporate Executives, Hiroyuki Ikeda, revealed in a recent interview for the media that the local business community will do whatever it takes to make the Osaka Prefecture home of a casino resort. According to Mr. Ikeda, the new integrated casino resort is expected to attract massive investments estimated at trillions of yen and would create a large number of jobs in the region, which would be beneficial for the local economy. Mr. Ikeda who is a deputy chairman of Resona Bank said that…

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Durham County Councillor Welcomes UK Government’s Decision to Cut FOBTs Maximum Stake

Durham County Councillor Welcomes UK Government’s Decision to Cut FOBTs Maximum Stake

Durham County Councillor Joy Allen, who strongly backed the latest changes in the UK gambling sector, welcomed the recently-announced restrictions on gambling saying that the amendments could save lives. Ms. Allen is known for her efforts in lobbying with the Legal Government Association (LGA) for adequate reforms to be brought to the industry in order to prevent players from being affected by gambling-related harm. Only a week ago, the UK Government announced plans to reduce the maximum stake allowed on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs), which offered players to place up…

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UKGC Questions the Effectiveness of the Online Self-Exclusion Scheme GAMSTOP

UKGC Questions the Effectiveness of the Online Self-Exclusion Scheme GAMSTOP

The major gambling regulatory body in the UK – the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) – has questioned the effectiveness of the national online self-exclusion scheme called GAMSTOP. After a number of articles regarding the results of the UK Government to reduce maximum stake of fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) have been released in the local media over the last few weeks, some questions regarding the effectiveness of the scheme emerged in the UKGC and the local Remote Gaming Association (RGA). As The Guardian reported a few days ago, the Gambling Commission’s…

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Adelaide Casino Planned AU$330-Million Expansion to Start in June

Adelaide Casino Planned AU$330-Million Expansion to Start in June

Today, the Premier of South Australia, Steven Marshall announced some development plans for the Adelaide Casino upgrade. Mr. Marshall revealed that construction is set to begin in June and will be carried out at the price of AU$330 million. As revealed by the Premier, it is SkyCity Entertainment Group that has signed a construction deal with Hansen Yuncken, an Australian commercial construction company, in order to complete the expansion of the Adelaide Casino. Hansen Yunken was already involved in the initial scoping and development of the casino back in 1985.…

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50% of Americans Back Adding Sports Betting to Local Gambling Sector

50% of Americans Back Adding Sports Betting to Local Gambling Sector

According to a recently-held poll which results were released today, approximately 50% of the American citizens support sports betting legalization in the US. The survey, conducted by the PublicMind, an independent research group of the Fairleigh Dickinson University, showed that the poll’s respondents think the gambling expansion must be made not only because of the additional tax revenue which is expected to be brought to the states but also because many people are already betting illegally. PublicMind Poll revealed that its latest survey found that half of the American adults…

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UK Government Could Impose New Age Limit to National Lottery Games

UK Government Could Impose New Age Limit to National Lottery Games

The UK Government is to launch a consultation on whether further restrictions to National Lottery age limit should be made to see under 18s banned from playing National Lottery games. The change of the current status quo has been proposed as part of the authorities’ attempt to protect vulnerable people from gambling-related harm. The Culture Minister Tracey Crouch revealed her intentions to gather further information about the effect the above-mentioned games have on individuals aged below 18 who are currently allowed to play. Anti-gambling campaigners have shared their concerns that…

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New Problem Gambling Measure Rolled Out in Japanese Lower House

New Problem Gambling Measure Rolled Out in Japanese Lower House

A new gambling-related bill was rolled out in Japan. Yesterday, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, its coalition partner Komeito and the nominal opposition party Nippon Ishin no Kai submitted a piece of legislation to the Lower House, with the measure being especially focused on dealing with problem gambling. The new bill comes as an attempt of Japan’s major political parties to address the increasing public fears that the opening of the country’s casino gambling market will result in a sharp increase in the number of people suffering from gambling addiction.…

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UK Government Slashes FOBTs Maximum Stake to £2

UK Government Slashes FOBTs Maximum Stake to £2

Today, the UK Government published its final decision on the review of controversial fixed-odds betting machines (FOBTs) and social responsibility measures. As part of the review, the Government announced its resolution to cut the maximum stake allowed on the local gaming machines from £100 to £2 only. A few months ago, the Government released a consultation on gaming machines and social responsibility measures which took place from October 31st, 2017 to January 23rd, 2018. The main objective of the FOBTs review was to make sure that the right balance is…

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Japan to Allow Poker in Local Casinos under IR Bill

Japan to Allow Poker in Local Casinos under IR Bill

The Japanese Government has made a decision to allow poker in local casinos under the new Integrated Resorts Bill which is set to allow the establishment of casino venues as part of larger entertainment resorts in the country. The local Government had originally planned to lift the gambling ban only to allow games of chance, such as blackjack or roulette, in order to keep fairness in the Japanese gambling market. However, it finally agreed that casino dealers at the poker tables would be able to keep the integrity and fairness…

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