Posts Tagged ‘Macau junkets’

VIP revival tests Macau mass hysteria

September 23, 2017

As high rollers return and new rules restrict smaller money movements, longstanding assumptions that Macau and Beijing prefer mass market gambling look more dubious.

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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Questions cloud Macau recovery

September 7, 2017

Macau casino revenue rose 20% in August despite typhoons, extending recovery to a second year. But sustainability issues linger as VIPs lead the recovery.

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.

VIPs drive Macau to big May

June 10, 2017

Revived high roller revenue led Macau’s 24% casino revenue rise in May. But long term opportunities still lie in the mass market.

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 casinos beat March expectations

April 5, 2017

With high rollers leading the way, Macau casino revenue rose 18% in March, way ahead of forecasts. Despite the VIP spike, government and casino operators insist the new Macau is all about mass market tourism.

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 brings Macau to America

March 11, 2017

The tiny casino in a shopping mall on US Pacific island Saipan reports more high roller betting than Venetian Macao, using Macau tools and connections. But casino owner Imperial Pacific International is struggling to raise money to complete its beachfront hotel with a full-fledged casino.

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 casinos soar on strong VIP play

March 10, 2017

Aided by Chinese New Year crowds, February was Macau casinos’ best month in two years. Despite the much-discussed pivot toward mass tourism, VIP play is again leading revenue growth, though some doubt the trend’s sustainability.

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.

‘Barefoot Doctor’ turns Saipan casino billionaire

March 3, 2017

In a journey from China’s countryside to an American speck in the middle of the Pacific, Cui Lijie has become a billionaire as majority owner of US territory Saipan’s casino through Hong Kong listed Imperial Pacific International Holdings.

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.

Philippines’ Duterte targets Macau tycoon

December 9, 2016

In the wake of an alleged illegal online gamig operation, featuring the arrest of 1,300 Chinese nationals in the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte issues a presidential arrest warrant for Macau junket tycoon Jack Lam, amid allegations of bribery and tax evasion.

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.

Crown arrests in China could aid Macau casinos

October 28, 2016

The ongoing drama of Crown Resorts executives arrested in China for allegedly violating rules against casino promotion are bad for Crown but may benefit Macau’s beleaguered junket promoters at the expense of other VIP destinations.

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.

Philippine billionaire Razon exits Korea’s Jeju

July 21, 2016

The sale of Jeju Sun by Philippine billionaire Enrique Razon Jr’s Bloomberry Resorts to junket promoter Iao Kun reflects changed expectations for Korea’s gaming market and for Macau.

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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