Singapore gets what it wants from casinos

June 12, 2019

Singapore got an image makeover and economic boost by mandating key attractions to surround casinos, a plan Japan and Macau hope to emulate in their upcoming casino licensing exercises.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a blogger for Forbes, editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming and author of Hong Kong On Air, a novel set in his adopted hometown during the 1997 handover about television news, love, betrayal, high finance, and cheap lingerie. See his bio, online archive and more at www.muhammadcohen.com; follow him on Facebook and Twitter @MuhammadCohen.

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Cambodia casino clashes Australia-listed Donaco with top shareholders, co-founder

June 7, 2019

Genting founder Lim Goh Tong started Donaco with grandson Joey Lim for boutique casino opportunities in Asia. Uniquely, Donaco’s Star Vegas casino on the Thai border in Cambodia has prompted clashes with its top shareholders and led to Joey Lim’s ouster in a saga still playing out.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a blogger for Forbes, editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming and author of Hong Kong On Air, a novel set in his adopted hometown during the 1997 handover about television news, love, betrayal, high finance, and cheap lingerie. See his bio, online archive and more at www.muhammadcohen.com; follow him on Facebook and Twitter @MuhammadCohen.

Osaka sets Japan casino pace

June 4, 2019

The largest city in Japan that’s declared it’s seeking an integrated resort with a casino, Osaka wants to open the multi-billion dollar entertainment complex before World Expo 2025 debuts, a squeeze that gets tighter by the day.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a blogger for Forbes, editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming and author of Hong Kong On Air, a novel set in his adopted hometown during the 1997 handover about television news, love, betrayal, high finance, and cheap lingerie. See his bio, online archive and more at www.muhammadcohen.com; follow him on Facebook and Twitter @MuhammadCohen.

Saipan casino has old woes, new site

April 29, 2019

Imperial Pacific Saipan chairman Mark Brown complains that IPI ran the Rotary Club Las Vegas Night highlighted on Forbes.com. Brown also says IPI will manage the Marianas Resort site, where it projects developing a multi-billion dollar destination resort and that more amenities will open at its casino in September. But the hotel completion date remains distant.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a blogger for Forbes, editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming and author of Hong Kong On Air, a novel set in his adopted hometown during the 1997 handover about television news, love, betrayal, high finance, and cheap lingerie. See his bio, online archive and more at www.muhammadcohen.com; follow him on Facebook and Twitter @MuhammadCohen.

Putin-Kim summit site lures casinos, Suncity

April 27, 2019

Outside Vladivostok, where Vladimir Putin met Kim Jong-un, and within easy reach of northeastern China, Korea and Japan, Primorsky Krai Integrated Entertainment Zone has Tigre de Cristal casino running and three more under construction. Primorsky has enough promise to lure dominant Macau junket promoter to take a leading stake in Tigre de Cristal through its Hong Kong listed arm.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a blogger for Forbes, editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming and author of Hong Kong On Air, a novel set in his adopted hometown during the 1997 handover about television news, love, betrayal, high finance, and cheap lingerie. See his bio, online archive and more at www.muhammadcohen.com; follow him on Facebook and Twitter @MuhammadCohen.

Singapore casino growth carries steep price

April 22, 2019

Amid stagnating revenue, Singapore’s casino resorts get permission to expand but must invest a combined US$6.6 billion and endure substantial tax increases in return.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a blogger for Forbes, editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming and author of Hong Kong On Air, a novel set in his adopted hometown during the 1997 handover about television news, love, betrayal, high finance, and cheap lingerie. See his bio, online archive and more at www.muhammadcohen.com; follow him on Facebook and Twitter @MuhammadCohen.

Macau March revenue falls, and investors love it

April 4, 2019

Casino shares rallied in the US and Hong Kong after Macau reported gaming revenue fell 0.4% in March, beating expectations of a much worse showing. But the real story remains behind the numbers.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a blogger for Forbes, editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming and author of Hong Kong On Air, a novel set in his adopted hometown during the 1997 handover about television news, love, betrayal, high finance, and cheap lingerie. See his bio, online archive and more at www.muhammadcohen.com; follow him on Facebook and Twitter @MuhammadCohen.

Osaka votes for a casino sooner or later

April 3, 2019

In elections for mayor and governor this Sunday, Osaka voters will decide on whether they want a casino sooner or later. No one’s asking if they want one at all.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a blogger for Forbes, editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming and author of Hong Kong On Air, a novel set in his adopted hometown during the 1997 handover about television news, love, betrayal, high finance, and cheap lingerie. See his bio, online archive and more at www.muhammadcohen.com; follow him on Facebook and Twitter @MuhammadCohen.

Slowing China economy flashes Macau danger sign

March 27, 2019

At the recent National People’s Congress meeting, Prime Minister Li Keqiang announced China’s economic stimulus measures, boosting optimism about Macau casino revenue among some analysts. But the verdict is not unanimous, and the mainland’s slowest economic growth in three decades is hitting Macau right where it lives.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a blogger for Forbes, editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming and author of Hong Kong On Air, a novel set in his adopted hometown during the 1997 handover about television news, love, betrayal, high finance, and cheap lingerie. See his bio, online archive and more at www.muhammadcohen.com; follow him on Facebook and Twitter @MuhammadCohen.

MGM moves ahead in Japan casino race with Orix

March 26, 2019

Showing the shape of things to come, MGM Resorts International is working with Japan finance giant Orix to pursue a casino resort in Osaka. It’s inevitable that national corporate giants will want a piece of these so-called integrated resorts, one of Japan’s biggest economic opportunities. MGM was smart to get a solid partner and, according to reports, have an equal share of the deal with Orix. Stay tuned for more on Osaka and MGM.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a blogger for Forbes, editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming and author of Hong Kong On Air, a novel set in his adopted hometown during the 1997 handover about television news, love, betrayal, high finance, and cheap lingerie. See his bio, online archive and more at www.muhammadcohen.com; follow him on Facebook and Twitter @MuhammadCohen.


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