SkyCity New Zealand Launches Digital Casino Based in Malta

The SkyCity Entertainment Group has launched a digital casino based in Malta. The online gaming site is a joint venture with Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) under the URL skycitycasino.com. Tapping into the digital gaming market has been in the making for SkyCity New Zealand since May, with the rollout taking place on Friday 9. The web-based gambling environment in Kiwi is highly regulated, which is why they opted for the offshore licensing.

This expansion is part of SkyCity’s diversification of their portfolio after they realized the missed opportunity. The Auckland SkyCity casino remains the marque gaming establishment for the group, raking in most of the revenue while Adelaide casino continues to struggle. This is juxtaposed by the reports by the Department of Internal Affairs, citing that offshore online gambling has risen by 84% since 2015.

SkyCity New Zealand Launches Digital Casino Based in Malta

Partnership Deal Between SkyCity New Zealand & GiG

Maltese-based casino management service company, Gaming Innovation Group is responsible for the management of the online platform. This is regarding the front-end of the website and the gaming content that players can find at the casino lobby. While this move may not be much of a surprise to New Zealanders, the gaming group has exercised caution about their expectations of the online platform. The estimated returns from the project are only expected to take time before they reach their full potential

DIA Looking to Introduce Online Gambling

The Department of Internal Affairs is actively looking into introducing a framework to legalize online gambling and awarding licenses to both local and overseas casino operators. Currently, the only providers of online gambling in New Zealand are state-owned platforms in LottoNZ and TAB. The discussions are centred around the licensing requirements along with setting up appropriate taxes, and social responsibility obligations. The discussions are reported to come to a close in September. In the meantime, keep your eyes glued to kiwicasino.co.nz for the latest gambling news in New Zealand.

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Australian VIP Rooms Shutdown by Suncity Group

Macau junket investor, Suncity Group is closing its doors Australian VIP Rooms. The group is abounding its Australian casino market following news of its suspected links to arranged crimes. This is according to The Age, an Australian media outlet. The group is said to have aided Chinese organised crime syndicates in illegally laundering money in its Melbourne and Sydney VIP Operations.

Suncity Group is responsible for a VIP gaming club in Crown Melbourne. The Crown Resorts Limited operates the property. The second VIP gaming club in the Star Sydney which is operated by the Star Entertainment Group Ltd.

Australian VIP Room Closed

The Star Sydney Shutdown

A mutual decision has been reached by Suncity to close down the fixed high-roller room in The Stars flagship casino. Matt Bekier, who is the Chief Executive officer of The Star, told The Age that Suncity had a small room in their casino and that fixed room would be discontinued. Suncity is also closing down its VIP room in Southbank casino which is operated by Crown in Melbourne.

The Australian VIP Rooms Shutdown Investigation

The decision to close down the VIP rooms follows an investigation instigated by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC).  The investigation looked into whether the Asian junket firm was helping with the facilitation of unlawful activities such as money laundering. The allegations state that The Crown Resorts Ltd was the establishment being used to illegal launder cash.

Suncity was not explicitly mentioned apart from the serval times the brand was mentioned.  However, mention was also made on the claims that emerged that Alvin Chau, CEO of Suncity, was reportedly banned from Australia. The revelations were made by The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and 60 Minutes. The claim also states that Chau is or was a member of the 14k triad (the dominant triad society). And that some significant personalities in Suncity had shown links to several triad societies and organised crime figures.

Transparency of Casino Junket Operations.

The ACICs Michael Phelan said that the lack of transparency of junket operations provided opportunities for criminal exploitation. Triad syndicates once had control junket industry. The influence of the syndicates is questionable, considering the modern-day sternly regulated environment.  A report done in 206 interviewed former triad members, junket operators and law officials concluded that the triad influence was ‘persuasive.’ The impact had readjusted its ‘intrusive’ traditional role.

Australian VIP Rooms Overview

Amidst the inspection that is surrounding the alleged crime, The Stars share price had been damaged. The Sydney establishment had not been implicated in any of the regulatory investigations examining Crown. Chau has also sent out a rapid response to allegations. Chau stated that Suncity Group Holding limited was not being investigated officially. Chau who I also the group’s chairman said he has had no plans of travelling to Australia anytime soon.  The shutdown of the two Australian VIP Rooms did not dampen the Macau junket investors plans. The group has opened their VIP club at Resorts World Manila. The Suncity Group is now present in all four private-sector casino resorts in Philippines, Manila.

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Isleta Resort & Casino Take Bets on In-State College Teams

The casino has launched a temporary online sportsbook at its gambling floor. The temporary online sportsbook facility will be handling stakes while they still build a permanent sportsbook. Isleta Resort & Casino is the fourth casino in New Mexico to go live with sports gambling since the United States Supreme Court had struck down a long-standing central prohibition on the practice. The Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino did cut the ribbon on a William Hill the US functioned sports gambling facility to get into the gambling market. Isleta’s conclusion to accept stakes on collegiate sports means that gamblers can gamble on gambling games that involve the University of New Mexico Lobos and the New Mexico State University Aggies. The facility will be the nation’s first to handle such wagers all year round.

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Isleta Resort & Casino Gambling

Commenting on their verdict to receive wagers on collegiate sports including in-state teams, Harold Baugu, Isleta Resort & Casino CEO told the local media that “there are a big Lobo and Aggie to follow in this market”. He also added that they “feel that there is sufficient training and trials in place that taking stakes on NMSU and UNM games won’t be an issue.”

Isleta Steps into Betting Market

The news about Isleta’s plan to go live with sports betting online first arose in April 2019. The business then announced that it envisioned to bring Las Vegas-style online sports betting to its casino floor and that it found a gambling partner that will power its new offering.

Isleta teamed up with gambling technology firm US Bookmaking to launch their sports betting at its gambling floor. The property then went live with staking. Gamblers can place their bets at a provisional sportsbook that will continue to operate until a perpetual facility that is currently under construction, is finished. The enduring sportsbook is predicted to open its doors later this year. Aside from the permanent site that will have a bar, Isleta casino will also be launching its new food court towards the end of the year.

Isleta Resort & Casino Featured Games

In addition to the college football and the basketball games, Isleta Resort & Casino patrons are also able to wager on professional football, professional baseball, English Premier League, PGA Golf, NASCAR and UFC and many more other sports.

Stating on the launch, Isleta’s CEO said that they are very confident that their “devoted and excellent sportsbook team” will deliver the best betting experience to bettors.

Before the inaugural of Isleta’s sportsbook, Vic Salerno, US Bookmaking President said that they are happy to be the resort’s sports gambling partner and being chosen to provide their product “authenticates the marvelous value” that his corporation contributes.

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