Political scandal could bust Japan’s Casino Bill

The sure bet that Japan’s parliament would legalize casinos this year suddenly is running more like a longshot. The latest news has it that key minority party lawmakers are still far from sold on the virtues of rescinding the country’s age-old ban on the industry; and its […]

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Into Thin Ayre: The US vs You Know Who

Online gambling high-flier Calvin Ayre has been on the run from the US government for the better part of a decade. His defiance even landed him on the cover of Forbes magazine once, the lengthy profile inside tauntingly titled “Catch Me If You Can”. And they will, […]

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UK POCT: share sell off and Bet365 Gib-bound

UK POCT: share sell off and Bet365 Gib-bound By Warwick Bartlett In July GBGC wrote that Gibraltar’s judicial review bid was a 25/1 long shot. From what the Judge had to say we had, if anything, understated the odds. In spite of the reasoned argument put forward […]

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Senet Group – a good idea in theory

Senet Group – a good idea in theory By Warwick Bartlett Bookmakers in the UK could be forgiven from suffering from bunker syndrome. Not only have they endured a rise in machine tax from VAT at 15% to 17.5% to 20%, lost the reclaim on VAT with […]

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Mob justice in the UK

John Kay from the Financial Times wrote a good article on the 21 October 2014. The headline caught the eye was “Mob Justice is a dangerous way to deal with bad business”. The sub -heading read: “Politicians resemble gangsters roaming around extorting money from unpopular individuals”. This […]

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Eurozone gambling will continue to be a tough market

Eurozone gambling will continue to be a tough market • A little publicised but important conference in Sweden • Adapting your business to change • Governments are doing everything to cause inflation but the needle is not moving By Warwick Bartlett We have learned from the Great […]

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Macau: the burning issue of smoking

Faced with an increasingly angry and demonstrative casino workforce, the government of Macau had to know it was only forestalling the inevitable when it tried to make the smoking issue go away with a partial ban. This was instituted at the start of 2013, and its intent […]

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Macau mired in tobacco smoke and simmering discontent

At the conclusion of Macau’s annual “Golden Week” holiday boom on 6 October, smoking will be banned from the public gambling floors of the city’s casinos: 35 properties whose proximity to mainland China’s baccarat-mad millions generated revenues that surged 18 percent last year to surpass US$45 billion, […]

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