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IGamiX News

► The IGamiX management team has opened Saipan’s first electronic gaming facility, Club C, with a soft opening in June, 2014. Club C is the first gaming facility to open in Saipan subsequent to the new e-gaming law enactment six months prior (24/6/2014).

► IGamiX has just conducted a two day MBA level Casino Marketing Planning Workshop for 30 of PAGCOR’s senior casino branch managers and corporate executives. Leading the workshop was Dr Leanda Lee, IGamiX Partner, and she was assisted by Ben Lee, Managing Partner. (28/7/12)

► IGamiX has just successfuly concluded a two day marketing seminar for PAGCOR’s casino managers and senior executives.  With five speakers covering topics such as Segment Marketing (Ben Lee), Player Recognition & Rewards (Ping Lam), New Marketing Channels (Chris Wiener), Competing with IRs (Ben Lee), Marketing Planning (Dr Leanda Lee) and Casino Business Planning (Shaun McCamley), the seminar was attended by approximately 60 participants. (10/6/12)

PAGCOR is the Philippine Amusement & Gaming Corporation, a government owned entity that regulates the gaming industry as well as operates the Casino Filipino gaming outlets all around the country.

► IGamiX is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement to advise Royal Caribbean International on their Asian gaming cruise strategy (1/4/12)

► IGamiX is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement to advise Baha Mar Ltd on their Asian business strategy and project development requirements for their single phase $3.5b resort development in Nassau. (23/3/2012)

Baha Mar is a resort located on the island of New Providence, The Bahamas owned by Baha Mar Resorts Ltd. and managed by CEO Sarkis Izmirlian. On 30 March 2010 an agreement on the redevelopment of the resort was announced. The project will be financed by China Exim Bank while construction will be performed by China State Construction. Groundbreaking for the redevelopment took place on 21 February 2011

► IGamiX has formed a strategic alliance with U.S. based Innovation Capital to provide financial advisory services to clients in Asia.

Innovation Capital is a leading boutique investment bank dedicated to representing mid-market clients in the gaming, leisure, restaurant and retail industries. The firm provides comprehensive advisory services in the areas of mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance and capital raising, financial restructuring and valuations/fairness opinions to companies in the $20 million to $500 million value range.

Media Interviews

Ben Lee

Analista Ben Lee espera mudanças na SJM e Shun Tak, TDM (28/05/20)

Gaming industry layoffs, TDM (18/05/20)

LVS ends pursuit of Japan casino, TDM (14/05/20)

Head of Suncity group, Alvin Chau, company will follow law of Macau, TDM (15/07/19)

Crown Casino exposed, 60 Minutes Australia (28/07/19)

► IGamiX’s Lee expects bumper Golden Week in Macau, Bloomberg (03/10/17)

► Macau’s August gaming revenue set to rise, Bloomberg (01/09/17)

► Macau resurgence and Crown in China, ABC News (15/07/17)

► Manila update, Bloomberg (08/17)

► Macau records fastest growth in 3 years, TDM News (01/08/17)

► Resurgence of Macau, TDM Talk Show (25/05/17)

► Crown Confidential – Packer’s losing hand, ABC Four Corners (07/03/17)

► January 2017 Macau Gaming revenue performance, TDM News (09/02/17)

► Duterte and Jimei, TDM News (23/12/16)

► Macau Gaming revenue for October 2016, TDM News (07/11/16)

► Macau Wynn Palace & Aug 2016 Revenue, TDM English news (1/9/16)

► Macau Gaming Revenue 2014, TDM News (2/1/15)

► TDM Talk Show (30/10/14)

► Sands 10 Year Anniversary, TDM News (16/5/14)

► Casino Wars, National Geographic Documentary (22/11/13)

► Macau Gaming Developments TDM Live Interview (13/6/13)

► G2E Asia 2013 Media Briefing (16/4/13)

► Global Gaming Business Podcast (06/12)

► Ponto Final – Competition for Macau (English) (26/3/12)

► TDM TV-Regional Competition for Macau (23/3/12)

► Roadblocks Ahead For Singapore Junkets (20/3/12)

► Interview on Saipan Casino Bill (12/3/12)

► Calvin Ayre Interview (5/7/11)

► Stanley Ho family feud , WSJ (16/4/11)

► SBS TV – Macau Honeypot (04/2007)

Published Articles

News Articles


Death of China’s king of gambling gives empire reigns to daughter, Bloomberg (28/05/20)

► Stanley Ho, ‘King of Gambling’ who built Macau, dies at 98, Bloomberg (26/05/20)

Stanley Ho laid the foundations for the modern gaming sector, Macau Business (26/05/20)

Chinese will travel, but COVID-19 raises questions on spending power, AGB (22/05/20)

Grant Bowie’s leadership difficult to replace, analysts, employees, MDT (14/05/20)

DICJ top changes another step in stricter regulatory enforcement, Macau Business (12/05/20)

Macau gaming regulator head resigns as casinos face crisis, Bloomberg (12/05/20)

Will to travel remains strong once safety policies in place, AGB (08/05/20)

In Macau, as in U.S.: ‘More pain to come’, GGB News (09/04/20)

Macau government will not be considering tax changes for the moment, Casino Review (04/20)

A fazer contas ao vazio (Portuguese), Plataforma Macau (03/04/20)

VIP to lead recovery, but no reprieve in the near term, AGB (03/04/20)

► Vietnam prepares for lockdown, casinos to close, AGB (31/03/20)

Macau recovery not on the cards this year says one analyst, MDT (26/03/20)

How the world’s most densely populated region fought off the coronavirus, Fortune (15/03/20)

Stricken casino economy exposes a decade of failed policy, Supchina (09/03/20)

Macau VIP battle most likely via casino credit, GGR Asia (05/03/20)

Gaming revenue recovery depending on easing of travel restrictions, Macau Business (02/03/20)

Genting makes U.S. inroads, AGB (21/02/20)

Casinos permitted to apply for 30-day closure extension, MDT (18/02/20)

Coronavirus prompts the world’s gambling capital to do the unthinkable, Fortune (05/02/20)

► China’s Coronavirus crisis empties Macau mega casinos, Financial Times (01/02/20)

Restoring Sihanoukville, South East Asia Globe (22/01/20)

Slow but steady progress, AG Brief (17/01/20)


Sands confident in Asia investment plans despite underwhelming Q3, Casino Review (12/19)

Macau casinos face biggest threat to growth in five years, Bloomberg (10/12/19)

As high rollers flee, SCMP (10/12/19)

FBI Saipan raids raise corruption questions, Asia Sentinel (13/11/19)

The Ghost Bridge, Macau Business (11/19)

Macau likely to see continuing decline in YoY growth, Casino Review (11/19)

► How Cambodia’s backpacker haven became a Chinese casino mecca, CNN (05/10/19)

Macao to win from gambling crackdown in Cambodia and Philippines, Asia Nikkei (28/09/19)

Secretive gaming directive might fall outside the law, MDT (25/09/19)

Challenges of banking on Macau ‘premium mass’, GGR Asia (20/09/19)

How banned is Cambodia’s online industry, AGB (20/09/19)

How China’s casino enclave of Macau could become a bargaining chip, Fortune (31/08/19)

Ending Gaming’s 3+3 system would promote competitiveness, MDT (16/09/19)

The $24 Billion online casino boom China is struggling to halt, Bloomberg (09/12/19)

Online industry was out of control, Cambodia’s MoF says, AGB (10/09/19)

Casinos testing facial recognition technologies, GGB News (01/09/19)

Stakes high for online gambling as Xi meets Duterte, Nikkei Asian Review (29/08/19)

Crown Resorts facing probe after links to Chinese triads revealed, Macau Daily Times (30/07/19)

State reulators say ‘situation normal’ after Crown casino revelations, The Age (29/07/19)

Trade war impact on Chinese economy main cause of VIP results downturn, Macau Business (15/07/19)

Macau gaming shares race higher on resurgence in Chinese visitors, Financial Times (11/07/19)

Suncity Macau tender hopes hurt by online row, GGR Asia (11/07/19)

Big Brother casinos can spot who’s most likely to lose big, Macau Daily Times (27/06/19)

Online gaming bad bet for Saipan, AGB (21/06/19)

Macau legislator suggests April revenue fall reflects market in process of reorientation, Casino Review (06/19)

In Macau’s non-gaming race, analysts pick Sands China, Galaxy as winners, Reuters (30/05/19)

Macau VIP biz softness might last all year, GGR Asia (22/05/19)

Macau junkets bet on Cambodian Sihanoukville boom, Macau Business (3/5/19)

Casino boom in Sihanoukville may slow down due to regulatory hurdles, Macau Business (2/5/19)

Concession renewal represents the first opportunity for Beijing to reframe the industry, Casino Review (05/19)

Too big to fail, U.S. Pacific island casino keeps failing, Forbes (26/4/19)

A dip into the unknown, Macau Business (07/04/19)

The house always wins? Few trade war jitters as Macau’s casinos boom, France 24 (10/3/19)

A 97-year-old tycoon, his four wives and the push to revive a casino empire, Bloomberg (21/2/19)

Pansy Ho and Fok Foundation partnership draws mixed reactions from analysts, Macau Business (25/01/19)

PAGCOR u-turn on decision to privatise casinos, Casino Review (01/19)


China holds the cards as online betting booms in the Philippines, SCMP (15/12/18)

► Will Trump’s recommendation make a difference for Sands in Japan?, Casino Review (11/18)

► Trade war clouds overshadow positive Golden Week performance, Casino Review (11/18)

China built the world’s largest gambling city. Can it keep growing?, Bloomberg (14/11/18)

► Dependency on gaming may drag city down as China’s economy decelerates, Macau Business (23/10/18)

► Trump ties won’t help Adelson win a casino license in Japan, Forbes (22/10/18)

► Cotai continues to expand, Peninsula casinos post revenue growth, Macau Business (24/09/18)

► Macau suspends casino operations as Typhoon Mangkhut looms, Bloomberg (16/09/18)

► Enquête sur un mystérieux paradis du jeu, Les Echos (06/07/18)

► China First: ‘a huge potential risk’, iGaming Times (07/18)

► Galaxy licence in the Philippines shall be processed, Macau Business (08/07/18)

China protests seen unlikely to dent Indochina prospects, AGB (22/1/18)

► UnionPay crackdown has minimal impact amidst illegal use, AGB (22/06/17)

► Casino workers gaming ban would require high-tech ID systems, Macau Business (18/06/18)

► Chinese resorts are quietly setting up Baccarat tables in Hainan, Bloomberg (19/06/18)

► Galaxy Entertainment Group’s Boracay IR project in doubt, Casino Review (05/18)

► Concession renewal takes on increasing prominence, Casino Review (05/18)

► IPI debt levels rise, construction woes persist, AGB (01/05/18)

► Hainan’s “Cashless Casinos” could return following court ruling, Casino Review (05/18)

► Cambodia chasing the dragon, Casino Review (04/18)

► Suncity’s Hoi An resort could help firm boost future, Casino Review (03/18)

► Galaxy to buy Wynn stake in move that could reshape Macau, Business Times (23/03/18)

► Extension vs. Expiration, Macau Business, (21/03/18)

► Visa hike: For or against the powerless?, MDT (23/02/18)

► Vistos de transito mais caros colocam prostitutas em risco, Ponto Final (27/02/18)

► Uncertainty over Macau concession amid regulator investigation, MDT (27/02/18)

► Wynn Macau management reshuffle, Macau News Agency (08/02/17)

► Steve Wynn’s departure could ease pressure on Macau scrutiny, Bloomberg (07/02/18)

► Silver Heritage’s Tiger Palace to open in March, Casino Review (02/18)

► Dennis Uy looks to develop second Cebu resort, Casino Review (02/18)

► What’s on the cards for Philippines’ casino industry, Casino Review (02/18)

► MGM Cotai opening delayed again, Casino Review (02/18)

► Non-Gaming amenities could give MGM Cotai a boost, Casino Review (02/18)

► Fallout from Wynn harassment claims reaches Macau, Financial Times (30/01/18)

► Lisboa Palace 2018, Macau Business (20/01/17)

► Friends in Beijing, Macau Business (01/18)

► AML laws seen lacking teeth, AGB (15/01/18)

► Casino could be on the cards for Laguna Lang Co resort, Casino Review (01/18)

► New Chinese policy limiting overseas cash withdrawals, Macau News Agency (06/01/18)


► All systems Go for Vietnam’s casino industry?, Casino Review (12/17)

► Galaxy Entertainment confirms Boracay casino resort plans, Casino Review (12/17)

 Increasing calls for regulatory shake-up in the Philippines, Casino Review (12/17)

► Dragon bets on blockchain to cut costs, Reuters (07/12/17)

► Japan’s casino legislation on the move again, Casino Review (11/17)

► Cambodia finalising gaming bill, Casino Review (11/17)

► Cambodia mulls proxy and online regulations, Casino Review (11/17)

► Macau experts debate future of thriving VIP market, Casino Review (11/17)

► Macau Legend sells Landmark to real estate investor, MDT (13/11/17)

► Macau casino revenue hits 3 year high, Bloomberg (01/11/17)

► Macau’s newest bet, Swissquote (11/17)

► Abe’s snap elections likely to push Japan casino bill to 2018, Casino Review (10/17)

► South Korea’s casino industry hit by strained relations, Casino Review (10/17)

► Golden week a damp squib after forecasts, Casino Review (10/17)

► Crown hit by slot machine tampering claims after China turmoil, Bloomberg (18/10/17)

Golden week tarnished, GGB News (14/10/17)

► Macau casinos drop as Golden week visitor numbers disappoint, Bloomberg (06/10/17)

► Protecting the village, Macau Business (04/10/17)

► Philippines’ booming casino sector at risk of oversupply, Reuters (26/09/17)

► Chinese VIP gamblers continue to boost Macau, Tight Poker (24/09/17)

► Japan casino hype, Macau Business (22/09/17)

► Chinese high rollers drive Macau’s casino rebound, Asia Times (21/09/17)

► UnionPay retail merchants on the line, Macau Business (19/09/17)

Doubts raised on Royal Dragon casino rights, GGR Asia (13/9/19)

► China bans outbound investment in gaming, iGaming Times (09/17)

► Landing International eyes theme-park inspired integrated resort, CalvinAyre (06/09/17)

► Macau junket king plans to invest billions in Japan, Vietnam, Bloomberg (01/09/17)

► Typhoon death toll rises in Macau, AFP (25/08/17)

► China ban on foreign casino backing is vague, GGR Asia (22/08/17)

► Poor regulation, security hinder Philippine gaming growth, MDT (22/08/17)

► In the Philippines casino industry, even the house can’t win, WSJ (15/08/17)

► Jason O’Connor deported after 10-month China detention, Herld Sun (13/08/17)

► Macau seeing resurgence of smaller junket operators, GGR Asia (07/08/17)

► Donald Trump representatives make move for Macau trademark, SCMP (07/08/17)

► Concession clarity lacking as deadline approaches, AGB (4/08/17)

► Casino Hotel aimed at China’s ultra rich is struggling to open, Bloomberg (2/08/17)

► Macau casinos rack up year of gains as VIP’s return, ABS-CBN (01/08/17)

► The Future of Macau Gaming, GGB News (30/07/17)

► Vietnam: A step in the right direction?, Gambling Insider (10/07/17)

► Philippine casino market remains resilient amidst uncertainty, International Casino Review (06/17)

► Crown’s China saga ends with prison terms, Financial Times (26/06/17)

► Crown’s Asia pullback risks choking the flow of overseas visitors to casinos, Bloomberg (23/06/17)

► China casino marketing scrutinised as Crown court date set, Bloomberg (13/06/17)

► Crown employees face long prison terms over Macau money laundering, The Daily Telegraph (13/06/17)

► Crown employees charged in China with promotion of gambling, Bloomberg (13/06/17)

► Manila casino attack not industry negative: PAGCOR boss, GGRAsia (06/06/17)

► You can see Macau’s soaring casino revenue, but don’t be blinded, Forbes (05/06/17)

► Deaths after Resorts World Manila attack, GGRAsia (02/06/17)

► Lone gunman sets fire to Resorts World Manila, killing 35, Gambling Compliance (02/06/17)

► Philippine casino market oversaturated with Okada opening, Forbes (01/06/17)

New rules to trigger consolidation, AGB (18/1/17)

► Sun Group’s Quang Ninh venue marks the dawn of Vietnam’s casino industry, Casino Review (05/17)

► As Philippines joins China to fight illegal gambling, Reuters (07/05/17)

Crown’s China marketing head quits, AGB (26/4/17)

► Small-scale casino investor might be backed by Chinese government, MDT (27/03/17)

► James Packer’s Macau casino chased high rollers, The Australian (06/03/17)

► Inside Crown’s China bust and how Australian Jason O’Connor was arrested, The Daily Telegraph (4/03/17)

► Overseas casinos to eye Vietnam more closely than ever, MDT (1/03/17)

► Vietnam wants its gamblers staking their $800 million at home, Bloomberg (28/02/17)

► Macau lifted by Chinese High Rollers flush from home prices, MDT (28/2/17)

► China’s High Rollers are back at Macau’s gaming tables, Bloomberg (27/02/17)

► Threat from the East, MDT (21/02/17)

► How good luck for Vietnam’s gamblers could force Cambodian casinos to fold, SCMP (05/02/17)

► ‘Death Knell’ for casinos on Vietnam border, The Cambodia Daily (25/01/17)

Outlook improves, but China remains in the driver’s seat, AGB (19/1/17)

► The Year Ahead – Ben Lee, AGB (05/01/17)

► The way of the Samurai, Macau Business Daily (04/01/17)


► Vietnam, Cambodia head-to-head on casino plans, MDT (21/11/16)

► Gambling on locals, AGB (17/11/16)

Vietnam draft decree won’t cut gaming taxes, AGB (16/11/16)

► Still room for improvements at Studio City, GGRAsia (27/10/16)

► Crown’s luck runs out, WSJ (18/10/16)

► China Casino Detentions, Bloomberg (18/10/16)

► Payout elusive on US hedge fund’s Vietnam casino bet, Nikkei Asian Review (6/10/16)

► Macau is back in black, Forbes (2/10/16)

► In the water, with sharks, Macau Business Daily (28/9/16)

Skill-based gaming a no go: regulator, AGB (28/9/16)

► Vietnam draft decree may spell trouble for Cambodia casinos, AGB (23/09/16)

► Adelson bets on Macau revival, Daily Mail (13/9/16)

► Vietnam, Cambodia to lock horns over mass play, AGB (1/9/16)

► Saipan casino staggers with $514m haul in first half, Gambling Compliance (25/08/16)

► Once a money spinner, can Singapore’s casinos beat the odds?, Today Online (2/07/16)

► Industry will recover but no more ‘jackpots’, Macau Business Daily (6/06/16)

► Isle of wait, IAG (05/16)

► Clean getaway for dirty money, WSJ (30/5/16)

► Nepal, Sri Lanka and Vietnam potential, MDT (19/5/16)

► Businessman denies planning Bangladesh Central-Bank heist, WSJ (29/3/16)

► Why Macau needs to be more like Las Vegas, Hotel Management (28/3/16)


► Discretion pays for Vietnam casino, Reuters (7/12/15)

Macau gambling industry faces challenges on multiple fronts, NY Times (26,11,2015)

► Macau’s gambling slide deepens, WSJ (2/6/15)

► Macau hotel marks first of several non-gaming projects this year, SCMP (11/2/15)

► Manila Doubles Down on Gambling, WSJ (2/2/15)


► Roadblocks to Vietnam Gambling Developments Have Critics Sceptical,

► Macau authorities could cap the number of gaming chips in circulation, CalvinAyre (15/6/13)

► Island casino destinations (6/4/13)

► No VIP Crackdown in Macau, Macau Business Daily (7/2/13)


► Premium Mass becoming the new VIP in Macau, Gambling Compliance (14/12/12)

► Ratio between mainland mass market and VIP gamblers will be 50-50, MDT (29/11/12)

► Macau VIP relabel as Mass, MB Daily (29/11/12)

► Cambodia’s gambling law loosely enforced, Phnom Penh Post (26/9/12)

► Genting Singapore Dumps Echo Shares , Gambling Compliance (22/9/12)

► Galaxy outperforms Macau market in Cotai , Gambling Compliance (28/8/12)

► Poker Out, Mahjong in at SJM owned casinos , Gambling Compliance (3/8/12)

► Matsu – a new chip on the old gaming table , MDT (12/7/12)

► Pacific Bet – Tinian  , MB Daily (7/12)

► Macau Sports Betting, Gambling Compliance (27/6/12)

► Double Down on Asia, Asian Legal Business (18/07/12)

► Experts cautious on impact of licensing two junket ops in Singapore, IAG (23/3/12)

► Regional Competition for Macau (in Chinese) (24/3/12)

► The Irresitable force of Macau’s growth, MarketWatch (13/3/12)

► Vegas, Macau:Divided by a common game, MarketWatch  (13/3/12)

► Wynn may have breached privacy laws, MDT  (27/2/12)

► Run to the jungle, Casino Journal (20/2/12)


► The Road to Mandalay, IAG (15/12/11)

► Natural Ceiling without Singapore Junket, Business Times (20/11/11)

Tenorio says Fitial should hire Casino Expert, Marianas Variety (10/8/11)

► Saipan revisits casino gaming, IAG (10/8/11)

► Korea Opportunities, IAG (12/7/11)

Asia Centric, GGB (5/6/11)

► Investing in Junkets, China Daily (30/6/11)

► Revision for Macau Junket bylaw needed, MDT (8/6/11)

► Rise of the Machines, G2E Asia (7/6/11)


Caps – What caps?, Inside Asian Gaming (15/6/10)

► Clown and Out, Macau Business (20/1/10)


► Cotai to Cambodia, Macau Business (01/09/07)