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Greece.- Euclid Tsakalotos, Finance Minister of Greece, revealed on Friday that two bills will be presented to Parliament before Christmas. The bills will talk about the regulation of online gaming and the casino market.

Tsakalotos’ claims come after a meeting of the house’s Financial Affairs Committee that talked about the revision of the legislation on video lottery terminals (VLTs) presented in 2011. The Minister said that he’s in favor of the new regulations for VLTs, as he believes that the modality can bring annual revenues of more than US$380 million to the state in the long run, local media reported.

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Scientific Games Corp has announced the signing of an agreement with Google subsidiary Apigee to utilize its full lifecycle application programming interface (API) management platform as part of the company’s portfolio of casino management technology solutions for the gaming industry.

The agreement will allow Scientific Games to deploy Apigee API management software in its suite of casino and slot management systems solutions and will enable the company to design, secure, deploy, monitor and scale APIs. Apigee’s industry-leading solution will make integration with third-party applications easier, more secure, more reliable and more operationally efficient, Scientific Games stated.

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The Hong Kong-listed Landing International has announced this week it has completed the sale of its London venue Les Ambassadeurs Club and Casino. The transaction, which took place 11 October, has been tagged at HKD2.5bn (US$320.3m), according to a firm statement.
“All conditions precedent of the disposal agreement have been fulfilled and the completion took place on 11 October 2017,” said Landing International in a filing.

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Australia.- The Queensland government revealed that it gave the permission for a second casino to be built on the Gold Coast. The state government will launch a campaign to find an international developer.

Mayor Tom Tate announced late last week that State Development Minister Anthony Lynham wrote to him on behalf of Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to confirm the support for a second casino that will compete with The Star at Broadbeach. The second casino could be built on private or public land anywhere in Queensland, local media confirmed.

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Asia’s premier gambling hub continues to enjoy a robust VIP segment in the third quarter based on the figures released by Macau’s Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ).

VIP baccarat GGR was worth approximately MOP38.69 billion (US$4.81 billion) in third quarter of 2017, representing 57.7 percent of all casino revenue. In the third quarter 2016, VIP baccarat was nearly 52.1 percent or MOP28.65 billion ($3.56 billion).

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The Japanese government is considering collecting some of the revenue from the operators of casinos to be set up as part of so-called integrated resorts, mainly for financing measures to help prevent gambling addiction, sources said Monday.

The collected money, which will be split between the central and local governments, is also slated to be used to beef up social welfare measures and promote art and culture, the sources said.

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Switzerland’s casinos reported modest a profit increase in 2016, snapping a nearly decade-long losing streak.

New figures released by the Swiss Federation of Casinos (SFC) show the country’s 21 licensed brick-and-mortar gaming venues reported gross profits of CHF 689m (US $711m) in 2016, 1.2% higher than 2015’s total. Twelve Swiss casinos posted year-on-year gains last year, while the other nine suffered slight declines.

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When it comes to show-stopping casinos unlike any other, Las Vegas and Monaco are often the first destinations that spring to mind.

However, that’s not to say that you can’t find a dazzling setting elsewhere – in fact, there are plenty of destinations worldwide upping the ante and choosing some seriously impressive settings to house their own casinos.

From renovated medieval banquet halls in the heart of the British countryside, to an underground hotel in the heart of the Australian outback, there a few which have caught the attention of visitors looking for a touch of adventure.

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