Japan to Tighten Measures Against Problem Gambling

The Japanese government is planning to introduce very strict regulations to address problem gambling in a market where integrated casino resorts are about to open for the first time. The new proposal includes a system which would allow family members to ban problem gamblers from entering casinos or to limit their visits.
The coalition government led by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party is still discussing a plan to limit the harmful effects of gambling on people. The latest proposal says that Japanese nationals and foreigners who reside within the country would be able to apply for self-exclusion, while their family members would be able to limit their casino visits or ban them altogether if these individuals are gambling addicts or considered in risk, The Japan Times reported on Thursday. The proposal would be submitted to the Diet, sources in the government and the ruling bloc said on Wednesday.
Casino operators would be obliged to monitor the number and frequency of visits of their customers and to restrict their access if necessary. In addition, a maximum number of 10 casino visits per month would be allowed, while there would be an entry fee of ¥2,000. In order to track individuals’ visits to different casino resorts, authorities are proposing a rigorous identification process that may include not only checking visitors’ official government My Number identity cards (which have an embedded IC chip), but also certain biometrics. According to some sources, this would consist of an advanced facial recognition technology or even vein recognition.
The restrictions and the casino entry ban could be lifted provided the individual in question submits an official document that shows they have undergone counseling, The Japan Times added. If they are considered capable of gambling without the risk of addiction, they would be allowed within the premises. All these rules and restrictions are designed to cut the number of local gambling addicts and, therefore, would not apply to tourists.
Why the Government Tries to Restrict Residents from Entering Casinos
Under the Penal Code, gambling in Japan is prohibited apart from several exceptions made in separate laws. They permit horse racing, motorcycle and bicycle racing, and motorboat racing, while the popular pachinko machines are considered gaming, not gambling. The ban on casinos was lifted in Japan last year when new legislation allowed them as long as they are part of the so-called “integrated resorts”. These are large properties that combine hotels, convention centers, retail space and other entertainment facilities.
These integrated casino resorts are expected to boost inbound tourism numbers, contribute to the regional economic development, and bring in huge tax revenue. The development of casino resorts is viewed by the government and the ruling party as a key factor in making Japan competitive in the Asian market. At the same time, gambling addictions are deemed a serious issue and a threat to the public health. According to a 2017 government survey, 3.2 million people are estimated to have been addicted to gambling at some point in their life, with most of them believed to be addicted to pachinko.
This is why the coalition government is now planning a system that would prohibit certain individuals from entering casinos. Since foreign tourists need to be attracted to the casino resorts, the restrictions, identity checks and probably even the entry fee would apply only to Japanese nationals or foreigners who live in the country.

Could Canadian Casinos Go Cashless?

Canadian brick-and-mortar casino venues might have to go through a radical change in the way it operates and collaborates with patrons. Paul Burns, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Gaming Association, stated that digital payments might be needed in the upcoming reopening phase of their operation, as this could protect their health going forward.

For quite a while, the idea of cashless casino venues has been discussed across the Canadian gaming facilities welcoming individuals on a daily basis. Back in 2019, the conversation was triggered by the growing concerns regarding money laundering. Gaming corporations were thinking of ways they could stop money laundering in land-based casino venues. The unprecedented situation and physical distancing might speed up the process.
Cashless Gaming Might be the Solution

Mr. Burns pointed out that the association overseeing gaming across the country has been working towards introducing advanced systems that could protect the integrity of gaming locations. The introduction of cashless gaming was proposed as a way for the venues to eliminate dirty cash and the proceeds of crime to be washed with the help of in-person gambling. British Columbia has been referred to as the laundromat province.

Cullen Commission Hears Baffling Money Laundering Info

Casino locations such as River Rock Casino in Richmond have been used in the past for the alleged laundering of copious amounts of cash. Going cashless could prevent this from happening. Mr. Burns has been in conversations when it comes to money-laundering prevention, however, the past three months have also had their impact on the Canadian gaming field. Introducing cashless casino gaming could protect the people.

B.C. Money Laundering Public Inquiry Enters Phase Two

Physical distancing is the recommended practice right now and eliminating cash payments on the premises of the casino would further promote this among the casino patrons. Handling cash ranks among the high-risk actions that could take place during in-person gambling right now. The table games available on the premises of the casinos are also high-risk areas, as they involve dice rolling and card games.
Delta Cashless Casino
The enclosed space of a land-based casino has been eyed as one of the places where both patrons and casino staff might put their health at risk. Alberta casino venues already received s green light to relaunch operation and this is the first Canadian province to do so. Manitoba shows signs of active preparation with orientation training in progress this week.

Delta Wants Nothing to Do with Casino Cash, But Would this Stop Money Laundering?

Delta, British Columbia was among the first regions to push for cashless gaming in the spring of 2019. Back then, local officials proposed the idea of a cashless casino venue that could potentially eliminate the issue and ensure that the new Cascades Casino would not attract dirty cash own the road. Gateway Casinos & Entertainment is working on the new project that could launch in 2021.

Delta Mayor Seeks Ottawa’s Support for Cashless Cascades Casino in 2020

A draft report of the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Center of Canada failed to estimate the exact amount of dirty cash laundered, but according to the information listed in it, the overall sum could reach CA$40 billion. This triggered a reaction in Delta. The town borders Richmond, considered being the money laundering hub of British Columbia.

Wynn Resorts New CEO Negates Having Information Regarding Previous Sexual Misconduct Reports

The development of events around Wynn Resorts and its leading positions is a hot topic for everyone in the industry, as there are new happenings every day. The most recent information which revolves around the company’s name came from its newly appointed Chief Executive Officer Matt Maddox who claimed that he has had no information regarding the sexual misconduct allegations against the former CEO of the company, Steve Wynn.
According to Mr. Maddox who became the new leading position on 6th February, there have been no information or reports in relation to the alleged accusations which were reported by employees of the company. It could be recalled that there have been reports about such misconduct happenings dating back to 2009 which became public at the beginning of February. What is concerning both investors in the company and gambling authorities is the fact that actions have not been taken since the first report. This confirmation that everything in the company has been alright coming from a leading position in the company perfectly aligns with the position supported by Steve Wynn himself.
He claimed that all accusations of sexual misconduct are false and nothing of the sort has happened in his company. Following Mr. Wynn’s resignation, it became clear that some of the shareholders in the company are going to sue the board of the international casino developer because they failed to look into the allegations before the scandal became public. The lawsuit filed in Clark County, Nevada, claimed, based on press reports, that “a board representative” was notified of Wynn’s alleged misconduct in 2009 by Wynn’s then-wife Elaine. There is the possibility that if measures had been taken back then, the current situation would not have been this harmful to the investors in the company as well as for Mr. Wynn himself
Future Development of the Company
Mr. Maddox has been on a leading position in the company since 2013. He might be able to take the company on a different path and introduce a more innovative way of management to the company. Analysts in the industry stated that Mr. Maddox is already well-acquainted with the operations of Wynn and will be able to sustain the policy. Since he has been close to the former CEO, he might attempt to continue the vision of the company’s founder. Mr. Maddox joined the casino developer back in 2002, so he is well into the operation of the company and its business strategies.
He pointed out that for the last four years the management of Wynn Resorts has been working on a smooth transition towards a succession plan, so the company is now prepared for the turn of events and the sudden resignation of its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Maddox was the potential candidate for replacing Mr. Wynn and he deems himself able to continue the development of the brand and its future projects. In addition to that, the company is looking forward to improving the gender equality situation with the help of a new leadership initiative.

Hesitation Harms Lotto MAX Jackpot Winner?

Lottery jackpots have made the past weeks a special one for many Canadian lottery enthusiasts, as the Lotto MAX and Lotto 6/49 could make the life of two ticket holders much easier. However, taking their time to claim their tickets might end up being a good thing, as Greg Davenport, a financial adviser with Chatham’s Edward Jones, believes. Every week of hesitation results in a loss of interest.

Lotto MAX is among the popular draw-based lottery offerings that have been drawing the attention of more individuals over the past couple of weeks. It reached its Main prize cap once again which automatically meant that even more individuals were ready to purchase a ticket for the upcoming draw.
Jackpots Galore

This eventually increased their chances of winning the CA$70-million jackpot up for grabs. As it could be recalled, a ticket sold in the Chatham-Kent region became eligible for the jackpot in its entirety but for the time being, there are no players claiming to be in possession of the winning ticket.
In addition to this jackpot, Lotto 6/47 was also generous to its fans, as its Main prize of CA$16,460,052.50 managed to make a connection with one ticket. The winning draw took place on April 15. Both individuals in possession of the winning tickets would have to brace with patience, as they are unable to bag their substantial prizes as of now. It could be recalled that the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation shut down its prize claim center.
Ever since mid-March players are unable to bag their prizes over CA$2,000, because of the unprecedented situation around the globe, as well as in Canada. Social distancing is the recommended practice right now. The aforementioned two tickets are bound to expire next year, so the only thing preventing them from receiving their prizes is the closed prize center.
Cash Payouts
However, this hesitation eventually results in loss of interest as time progresses. It amounts to some CA$26,000 per week if we take into account the guaranteed investment certificate. Thursday saw the GIC amount to 1.95 percent. Mr. Davenport wanted to offer his expert opinion on the aforementioned loss of interest that might seem like a hit on the winner’s fortune.
Some players take their time to prepare adequately for the fortune they had won, whereas others are prevented from bagging it due to force majeure conditions. Both cases lose interest as time progresses. The financial expert made it clear that the first step for every winner should be the protection of their anonymity, as this would give them the time to prepare for changes. As of now, the Crown corporation recommends that the winners sign their tickets and have them validated.
This would guarantee them peace of mind for the upcoming weeks until they have the opportunity to bag their prize and invest it in making memories, in a new house, or the luxury vehicle they have always dreamed of. Mr. Davenport also advises its clients to begin with the first thing on their bucket list, as this is a good place to start.

Daily Fantasy Sports Bill Moves Forward in Ohio

Daily fantasy sports (DFS) has turned into a highly-controversial topic in America. Different states have taken a different approach to DFS. The fact that DFS industry has started to grow at a rapid pace made many states to reconsider their stance on the matter. In an attempt to bring additional wealth into the local economy, DFS legislations has appeared on the agenda in several states. It seems that DFS may soon become a regulated industry in Ohio after Ohio Senate voted in favor of a bill, that aims at regulating the provision of such services.
The legalization and regulation of DFS contests have been brought up for discussion some time ago by Reps. Jonathan Dever and Robert McColley. On Wednesday, the majority of Ohio Senate thumbed up the bill that is to authorize the provision of DFS contests by licensed operators such as the giants FanDuel and DraftKings. Currently, the bill is patiently sitting on Gov. John Kasich’s desk, waiting for his signature.
The bill met also opposition among the members of the Senate. A total of 4 officials voted against the bill. Sen. Bill Coley did not throw his support behind the bill, explaining that regulating DFS is to create favorable conditions for gambling-related problems among locals. As it can be recalled, Sen. Coley suggested imposing higher taxes on the DFS operators in order to fund addiction awareness campaigns. His proposal was rejected by the chamber, leaving the operators to pay only 0.26% commercial activity tax on business gross receipts. Sen. Coley argued that the state will not benefit in any way from the regulation of DFS.
Why the Bill Should be Enacted
The bill asserts that the outcome of the fantasy contests is dependent on the player’s knowledge and skills, but not on luck. This means that DFS contests do not qualify as gambling under the existing state’s laws. Supposing that Gov. Kasich signs the bill, the Ohio Casino Control Commission is to be tasked with overseeing the industry. The bill would ban college fantasy games and minors will be also not allowed to play.
Sen. David Burke announced that leaving such a rapidly growing industry unregulated is unacceptable as it is to siphon off money from the government and leave players’ interest unprotected. Optimists believe that Ohio is soon to join the other 16 states, which already regulated the provision of DFS. It was revealed that a great number of people are playing DFS contests, even though these have been held in an unregulated environment.

BCLC Pulls the Plug on All Casinos, Gaming Halls amid COVID-19 Uncertainty

British Columbia Lottery Corporation issued information that it would completely shut down its in-person gaming offerings across the province. The measure is implemented due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and the need for protection of both players and casino staff of the novel coronavirus. The changes became effective on March 16 at 11:59 p.m. and for the time being, no time frame has been established.

The orderly shutdown comes as a result of the growing concerns regarding the virus that has been taking the province by storm. British Columbia issued its data regarding the viral disease, confirming that as of March 17 the number of confirmed British Columbians that have contracted the virus has surged to 103.
Crown Corporation Issues a Statement

In order to prevent the outbreak from growing out of proportion in a limited time frame, social distancing was mandated. The government issued an official statement making it clear that individuals should not hold congregations with upwards of 50 people, as this would make it easier for the virus to spread across the province and potentially increase the number of victims. Monday brought the news that three more deaths related to COVID-19 have been confirmed.
When all is said and done, this rounds up the tally to four deaths on a national scale. British Columbia wants to ensure that people feel secure and that there is no panic, which is why it aims to inform them and answer all questions that may arise. This would happen with the recently established hotline – 888-COVID19. People could dial it and learn more about the novel coronavirus.
Along with the sweeping measures, British Columbia Lottery Corporation announced that all of the casino venues and gaming halls within the province would have to close for business. The decision comes as a result of the skyrocketing concerns regarding gambling chips and cards used at the casino venues and the number of individuals touching them on a daily basis.
Casinos Cease Operation
Cleaning the chips and changing the cards might not be the most convenient or realistic approach to the situation and the venues would still be able to welcome more individuals at once if they remain open. The Crown corporation announced that the venues would remain closed in alignment with the directive issued by Attorney General David Eby and announced by Provincial Health Officer Bonnie Henry.
The unprecedented measures aim to eliminate social gatherings, as to protect the health system and make sure that it is capable of taking care of all the people that would eventually contract the novel coronavirus. It could be recalled that Great Canadian Gaming Corporation was the first casino operator to pull the plug on its casinos in British Columbia. The casino developer issued the official announcement that its 10 casino locations in British Columbia would be temporarily suspended.
This is a preventive measure at least until the COVID-19 cases growth slows its pace of growth. Right now it is crucial that the medical workers have the recourses to battle the disease. Gateway Casinos & Entertainment is the rival casino operator overseeing locations within the province. It manages 14 casino venues and gaming locations in British Columbia and those venues remained open despite the closures Great Canadian Gaming announced.

Springfield Officials Discuss Fund Distribution and Gaming Revenue

Massachusetts came under the spotlight of the gambling scene with its 2 new gambling venues, and more precisely MGM Springfield (slated to open its doors in 2018) and Wynn Boston Harbor (scheduled to start operating in 2019). The local legislators projected that the 2 gambling venues can generate tens of millions dollars revenue income for the local coffers, securing a big cash injection to the local economy. At a hearing, which took place yesterday, the Springfield policymakers considered a number of proposals on how to budget the money wisely, investing in the local development.
On Tuesday, 19th September, the state Joint Committee on Economic Development held a hearing at Springfield Technical Community College in Springfield, with state Sen. Eric P. Lesser, D-Longmeadow, and state Rep. Joseph Wagner, D-Chicopee presiding over the panel. The main purpose of the meeting was to discuss the way in which the money generated from the gambling activities should be distributed.
Investment Proposals Summary
Among all the proposals, Richard K. Sullivan Jr., CEO of the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council, suggested that certain amount of the money should be invested in the further development of the local Pioneer Valley as it is a popular year-round tourist destination and it can invigorate the local tourism sector. This, on the other hand, will also contribute to the city’s economic growth, reviving also the small- and medium-sized business.
The panel also paid attention to the social and economic challenges, which Massachusetts gateway cities (11 cities in the urban area of the state) are facing for years. It was suggested that a share of the revenues generated by the city’s gambling activities can be invested in regional economic development and business regulation. Yet another prospect, which the legislators discussed was the possibility to invest also in education and training of the labor force. The state Legislature will have the hard task to decide how the casino money will be spent when crafting the state budget for 2019 or 2020.
According to their agreement with the state, both casino operators are to pay 25% tax on their turnover per year. The state’s lawmakers already decided that 9.5% of that amount will be used to finance various programs, dedicated to supporting the local economic development. Mr. Sullivan forecast that tens of millions of dollars should enter the economic development purse.
State Rep. Bud L. Williams also recommended that a Western Massachusetts Balanced Sustainable Development Commission should be created. The main purpose of the suggested commission will be to bring together representatives from all sectors, which the legislators consider to financially support with the casino money. In that way, the directly involved parties can join forces with the lawmakers to develop comprehensive plans and programs for the further development of the different sectors.

Quebec Proved to Be Attractive Enough for Lotto Windfalls

Quebec lottery fans have celebrated quite the cash windfalls over the past twelve months, with bigger and better lotto jackpots making their way to their pockets. Lotto 6/49 was once again among the preferred tickets purchased by many Canadians, but it seemed like many of the cash prizes were eventually drawn to the eastern regions of the country.

Today we are going to review some of the heftiest Lotto 6/49 jackpots bagged by Quebec players this year. Purchasing tickets as a group has made the entire gaming experience more special for Canadians, as it makes them feel part of a community that could soon become much richer. This is also true for tickets purchased by couples that have agreed to split the jackpot and invest it in something both individuals would find enjoyable.
Lotto 6/49 Proves Generosity

Such was the case with a couple hailing from Gatineau that became eligible for a cash windfall of CA$7 million mid-July. Just like many winners before them, the two Lotto 6/49 enthusiasts were in a state of disbelief upon realizing their lives would never be the same again. Colette Laberge and Mario Lafrenière collected their jackpot and took a photo with the hefty cheque at Casino du Lac-Leamy.

Groups of Friends Bag Stellar Lotto Prizes in B.C., Ontario

The winging draw for the two of them took place on July 10, highlighting the numbers 07, 15, 22, 28, 43, 49, plus the bonus one 45. Matching the six main numbers sufficed, making their ticket a lucky one indeed. Winners revealed that they had purchased the winning ticket at Uniprix Danyel Dessureault, Place de la Cité-des-Jeunes.

CA$17.6m Lotto 6/49 Winner Kept Scanning Ticket in Disbelief

According to Loto-Quebec’s regulation, every retail point associated with a winning purchase is eligible for a 1-percent slice of the jackpot. This granted the location some CA$70,000, a motivation for many retailers to include lottery offerings in their array of offerings. One of the regular questions, when winners collect their prize, is related to their plans. The Gatineau couple had already come up with a plan that included treating their extended family as well.
Larger Prizes Claimed
Another permanent resident of Quebec would forever remember this year as a special one thanks to his lucky Lotto 6/49 ticket purchase. The first days of August were special for Daniel Lavoie of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean who was the proud winner of CA$3.5 million jackpot. This was half of the August 7 Lotto 6/49 Main prize, but still a generous cash pile for the Canadian.

Pollard Enhances Lotto Offerings with CA$13.4m mkodo Purchase

August 7 brought a Lotto 6/49 draw coming with a CA$7-million prize that was eventually split between the two tickets eligible for it. The numbers drawn at that draw were 05, 08, 09, 19, 28, 31, plus the bonus one 18. Mr. Lavoie purchased his ticket at the Couche-Tard convenience store in Chambord ahead of the lucky draw.

Group of Six Lotto MAX Millionaires Plan their Future in Quebec

Just like every other retail location selling winging tickets, the convenience store received one percent of the payout. In this case this amounted to CA$35,000 piece of the Main prize. The lotto millionaire was certain that he would continue working at least for the time being, despite the windfall. He also began looking for the perfect new home for his family.

Betway Cements Presence on eSports Market, Sponsoring ESG Tour

PvPro Gaming announced that the international online gambling company Betway is to be the major sponsor of the ESG Tour, which is set to kick off on 7th September in the Greek island of Mykonos. The competition is to offer a massive prize of £200,000 for the winner, solidifying Betway’s reputation on the thriving eSports market. Under the sponsorship deal between PvPro and Betway, the latter is to offer live odds updates throughout the tournament and to be in charge of the naming rights to the ESG Tour.
The news for the Betway’s sponsorship did not surprise the gaming community, as earlier this year the operator has penned a partnership deal with the ESL Pro League 2017. By being the head sponsor of the upcoming ESG Tour, the operator aims to further increase the popularity of the eSports sector, as a currently developing market. According to the calculations of different market specialists, the eSports market will worth around $1.5 billion by 2020. Hence, it is not a surprise that there are so many operators, which are seeking to enter the enticing booming market. Betway is not an exception as the operator is always trying to expand its presence in the market by collaborating with various partners.
About Betway
Betway is one the most well-known operators around the globe, holding two licenses issued by Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) and the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission. In 2015 the operator has introduced its gaming site to the players for the first time, which eventually has become one of the world’s top 10. Over the years, Betway has established an immaculate reputation and proved its dedication to the development of the eSports sector. The operator is also among the founders of the ESports Integrity Coalition (ESIC). Betway’s greatest advantage is that it is already a renown brand on the gaming scene and it earned the trust of the players.
About the Tournament
It was reported that 8 of the world’s best teams, including Virtus Pro, BiG, Team Liquid, Team EnVyUs, SK Gaming, mouz and others, will participate in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competition for the top prize. The tournament is sponsored by PvPro and it will allow players to enter a specially designed platform to compete against each other. Earlier this year, the organizers of the tournament explained that what is most special for the event is that unlike all the rest, the ESG Tour is to take place only at luxurious resorts and unconventional places. What is more is that all the enthusiasts will be able to place bets on the outcome of the tournament.

Pickering Casino Resort Well-Positioned for April Launch

Pickering Casino Resort is preparing for its official launch projected to happen this April. As it was recently confirmed by Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, construction work in Pickering is progressing according to the initially issued schedule and the integrated resort is about to be finished on time. The Las Vegas-style casino location is aiming to welcome its first casino patrons by April, in time for the busy summer season.

Gaming development and expansion are among the main goals Great Canadian Gaming has set for the upcoming years and the casino operator works restlessly to achieve it. Bringing new gaming opportunities to the City of Pickering has been a goal over the past couple of years, ever since the project was first announced. One Toronto Gaming is the company working on it.
Pickering Casino Resort Ready to Launch in April

Pickering Casino Resort is about to introduce a 330,000-square-foot casino floor filled with some of the most riveting gambling offerings out there. The ultimate goal for this venue is to live up to the expectations of locals ready to gamble and ship them closer to the great cash payouts there are on offer. This April is expected to see the official launch, giving enough time for action.

Great Canadian Gaming Marks Gaming Revenue Jump ahead of Pickering Launch

As it has been recently confirmed, the casino resort is following its initial schedule of construction, making sure that there are no delays ahead of the official opening date. Chris Dikeakos Architects and CGL Architects are working on the unique design of this casino location, elevating its state-of-art appearance. The gambling venue is about to be the first phase of the larger project, including family-friendly offerings.

Great Canadian Gaming Touts Pickering Casino Resort Welcoming 2,000 Employees

Players in the Pickering region are in for a treat, as they would be able to enjoy some 2,350 slot machines, as well as 100 gaming tables. This would spell diverse gaming for the region. Once sports wagering on single sports events is legalized, Canadians would also have the opportunity to place legal wagers and win big.
Fall Months See Family-Friendly Offerings
The year 2020 would be filled with exciting opening dates, as this fall is projected to see the official launch of Pickering Casino Resort’s family-friendly offerings and the accommodation. People traveling to Pickering would have the chance to book a room at the five-star hotel tower, offering a total of 225 rooms. Such availability would be enough for the scale of the project.

Durham Live Casino Project in Pickering Expected to Open in 2019

This year is also scheduled to bring the concert venue coming with this first phase. It would introduce 2,500 seats for grand concerts and various live events that would transform Pickering into one of the entertainment hotspots in the region. The gambling venue is expected to create a total of 2,500 new jobs for the local employment market, which has been one of its main selling points.

Uncertain Future for Ajax Downs Sparks War Over Durham Live Casino in Pickering

The entire special zone, including the second phase, is about to create additional 7,500 jobs for locals to land. It would include food offerings and dining locations, another hotel tower, a 100,000-square-foot convention center, as well as TriBro Studios film studio district. With its 250,000 square feet of footprint, it would be the largest one in the Great White North.