Saipan casino struggles to survive

September 7, 2020

With a casino monopoly on the US Pacific island Saipan and a history of reporting multibillion dollar monthly VIP action, Hong Kong listed Imperial Pacific International says it can’t pay its casino license fees or legal judgments against it, and its beachfront hotel remains unfinished despite a purported US$900 million investment. New CEO Donald Browne says IPI has a new plan, if it can survive Covid-19.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming, contributor to Forbes, columnist/correspondent for Asia Times, 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.

Top Cambodia casino thinks bigger

August 21, 2020

NagaCorp plans to build the tallest building in Phnom Penh with a sky high swimming pool as part of a $3.5 billion expansion of its NagaWorld complex that will catapult it into the top rank of the world’s integrated resorts. Plans for Naga3 are going forward as the Cambodian capital’s only casino reopens with Covid-19 safeguards, relying on the city’s burgeoning resident Chinese business community to fuel play as international travel remains at a trickle.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming, contributor to Forbes, columnist/correspondent for Asia Times, 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.

Conventional convention highlights

August 19, 2020

My good friend and go-to political scientist Ken Sherrill relives his stint as a 1984 convention delegate, recounting backstage grappling and the road he traveled to get there. In absence of normal political conventions this year, and maybe for good, it’s worth remembering these events once had meaning beyond a tourism bump for host cities.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming, contributor to Forbes, columnist/correspondent for Asia Times, 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.

Online gaming tempts virus stricken casinos

July 18, 2020

Casino closures, capacity cuts, travel restrictions and other Covid-19 measures have collapsed gaming revenue across the world, especially in Asia, where most casinos rely on border crossing customers. As governments and gaming operators consider online casino gambling to replace lost revenue and save jobs, there are viable examples to consider from the US and Europe.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming, contributor to Forbes, columnist/correspondent for Asia Times, 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.

Hong Kong handover marks broken promises

June 29, 2020

This week’s anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China marks Beijing’s broken promises less than halfway through the city’s mandated 50 years with a high degree of autonomy. It’s also a time to examine why the Western defense of Hong Kong’s liberty has been so muddled. And it’s a fitting moment to remember that during handover time Hong Kong was the center of the universe, a place with far more hope and far less despair about its future..

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming, contributor to Forbes, columnist/correspondent for Asia Times, 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.

Punish Beijing for Hong Kong’s lost freedom

June 12, 2020

The Trump administration and its GOP allies aim to sanction Hong Kong because Beijing is usurping its autonomy. That’s penalizing the victim.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming, contributor to Forbes, columnist/correspondent for Asia Times, 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.

Stanley Ho’s Macau streak ran five decades

June 10, 2020

Inside Asian Gaming commemorates Stanley Ho, whose mastery of Macau spanned two centuries. Initially considered a bit player in the all-star cast that won Macau’s casino license in 1962, Ho passed away last month at age 98.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming, contributor to Forbes, columnist/correspondent for Asia Times, 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.

Remembering Stanley Ho on ANC 24/7

June 2, 2020

In an interview with ANC News’ Michelle Ong in Manila, I talked about how casino mogul Stanley Ho lived a life that dreams are made of, the Philippine gaming market and how Asian casinos may operate after Covid-19. Ho died last week at age 98, following a long illness.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming, contributor to Forbes, columnist/correspondent for Asia Times, 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.

Media, don’t help Trump distract from disaster

May 16, 2020

CBS White House correspondent Weijia Jiang deflected attention from the Trump administration’s disastrous Covid-19 response by alleging an anti-Chinese insult. Media needs to keep focused on what really matters.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming, contributor to Forbes, columnist/correspondent for Asia Times, 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.

Genting brings Asian know-how to Vegas

May 15, 2020

Malaysian gaming giant Genting extends its global reach with Resorts World Las Vegas, combining Asian themes with Strip tradition. The $4.3 billion integrated resort, on the site of the legendary Stardust Hotel and putative Echelon project, is due to open next year.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming, contributor to Forbes, columnist/correspondent for Asia Times, 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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