(Image: Julie Jacobson/Chicago Tribune/AP)When the Japanese government first passed legislation that would allow two new casino complexes to be built, poker wasn’t going to be one of the permitted games.In changing the law and permitting casino resorts to be built in select locations, the government only sanctioned games with a high degree of chance.
The bidding process for Japan’s first integrated resorts will likely begin late next year or even in 2020, Melco Resorts & Entertainment Chairman and CEO Lawrence Ho said in an interview with business media outlet Bloomberg.Melco currently operates integrated resorts in Macau and the Philippines and is betting big on Japan as the next big integrated resort and casino gambling market.
Operators that provide false information in their application for a casino license in Japan will face fines of up to JPY500 million (approximately $4.Sources said Friday that any fraudulent means used by casino operators to obtain a license would be penalized with heavy fines and prison time under the latest set of regulations discussed by the Japanese government.
Ed Tracy is the CEO of Hard Rock Japan, a subsidiary of hotel, casino, and café chain giant Hard Rock International created to support the company’s bid to operate an Integrated Resort in Japan.In addition to the local fare Japan is known for, Hard Rock will offer European and other Asian cuisines, and potentially fusion specialties.
How will integrated resorts with gaming floors complement Japan’s existing tourism offering?As for the role of Chinese tourists in the growth of Japan’s tourism industry, they currently represent the largest group of visitors traveling to Japan.
The All Japan Poker Championship (AJPC) announced this week that it will be expanding its events to other Asian countries, with new tournaments scheduled for both Macau and Taiwan in the coming year.The All Japan Poker Championship is expanding its Asian Circuit after a successful event in South Korea.
According to the Jiji Press, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and its coalition partner Komeito are looking for support from opposition party Nippon Ishin no Kai to pass their responsible gambling and gambling addiction prevention bill.According to earlier reports from the Pacific Ocean island nation, lawmakers could push for quick enactment of the responsible gambling bill, possibly before the end 2017.