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CA orders Pagcor to grant license for Waterfront casino

Dec 02, 2018 - 7:05 PM

The Court of Appeals upholds a previous ruling of a Manila court, saying that Waterfront submitted all requirements and Pagcor must act on its application

Photo from Waterfront Philippines' website

Duterte warns police not to set foot in Okada Manila casino

Nov 22, 2018 - 6:40 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte warns that if police disobey, he'll order the military to patrol the casino which he describes as 'crawling with usurers, kidnappers'

LEGAL BATTLE. Tiger Resort, owner and operator of Okada Manila, blames Parañaque City Prosecutor Amerhassan Paudac for supposedly leaking the resolution involving its $10 million estafa complanint against Kazuo Okada. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Duterte: No more new casinos

Aug 08, 2018 - 6:21 PM

'I hate gambling,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 117th anniversary of the Office of the Solicitor General at Le Pavillon in Metropolitan Park, Pasay City on July 3, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

FACT CHECK: Clueless about Boracay casino? Duterte discussed it with owners

Apr 10, 2018 - 11:20 AM

(UPDATED) The President claims he knows nothing about the planned casino-resort but the project was discussed in his meeting with the Chinese executives behind it

Villar group 'seriously looking at' telecoms, casino

Apr 09, 2018 - 3:40 PM

The group is eyeing potential partners for the planned diversification

DIVERSIFICATION. The group of business tycoon Manuel 'Manny' Villar is seriously looking at telecommunications and gaming as new ventures. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Filinvest to build $200-million casino-hotel complex in Clark

Apr 05, 2018 - 5:35 PM

The real estate developer secures a provisional license for a casino in its 201-hectare Mimosa+ Leisure City development

PH travel, tourism sectors girding for planned Boracay shutdown

Mar 21, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Airlines and hotels will take a hit, if the government pushes through with its planned temporary closure of Boracay. But some developers say it won't delay the construction of major commercial developments in the island.

Aerial view of Boracay image from ShutterStock

Leisure & Resorts World Corp buys land for Boracay resort-casino

Mar 19, 2018 - 9:15 PM

Leisure & Resorts World Corporation and its Chinese partner Galaxy Entertainment Group Limited plan to build a $500-million integrated resort and casino on a 23-hectare land in Boracay

PLANNED CLOSURE. With the looming closure of Boracay Island for a year, tourism officials expect a sharp drop in arrivals at the Kalibo International Airport. File photo by Choi2451/Wikimedia.org

DOF unit proposes 1,400% increase in casino entrance fee

Jan 08, 2018 - 4:10 PM

The National Tax Research Center says this increase would discourage low-income earners from gambling and would also lead to higher revenue collection for infrastructure projects

HIGH ENTRANCE FEES. Tourist and casino players arrive at the grand opening of the City of Dreams mega-casino in Manila on February 2, 2015. Photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Resorts World Manila sees recovery, fast-tracks expansion

Sep 19, 2017 - 4:30 PM

Foot traffic at the Resorts World Manila complex is almost back up to pre-attack levels, while an expansion of its casino area is eyed for completion by December

All-time high gaming boosts Bloomberry's income 24-fold

Aug 11, 2017 - 12:10 PM

Solaire s consolidated gross gaming revenue GGR rises by 14 to P12 22 billion in the 2nd quarter of 2017 – the highest since it opened in March 2013

Chinese nationals cleared in Singaporean kidnapping case

Jul 25, 2017 - 10:02 PM

The DOJ resolution says the Singaporean victim failed to positively identify the 30 Chinese suspects as among those who kidnapped her from a casino in Manila

Resorts World gunman possible suspect in BMW killings – MPD

Jun 23, 2017 - 12:10 PM

UPDATED The Manila Police District homicide chief confirms Jessie Carlos is the only person of interest after running tests on evidence found in the crashed BMW

JESSIE CARLOS. Photo of Resorts World Manila attack suspect Jessie Carlos who turns out to be a former government tax specialist who faced an ill-gotten wealth case for increases in his assets. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Resorts World Manila loses P7-B market value a week since attack

Jun 11, 2017 - 10:30 AM

The declining stock price of RWM makes even more evident the company s struggling performance over the last few years due to increasingly tough competition in the casino market

Resorts World Manila facade 2 days after the attack. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

FAST FACTS: What you need to know about the Philippine casino industry

Jun 08, 2017 - 8:04 PM

Despite challenges Pagcor Chairperson Andrea Domingo says the local gaming industry s total revenues in 2017 may still expand to P160 billion

GAMING. The billion peso casino industry is in the spotlight as attacks on a luxury resort-casino led to the death of at least 36 people.

Solaire reports booking cancellations after Resorts World attack

Jun 08, 2017 - 6:29 PM

It should normalize soon now that it s clear it is a robbery not a terrorist attack says Bloomberry Resorts Corporation chairman and CEO Enrique Razon Jr

BOOKING CANCELLATIONS. Enrique Razon Jr of Solaire says the incident puts the industry in an 'extremely sensitive' situation as casinos are in hospitality business. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Resorts World attack: 4 questions that beg for an answer

Jun 07, 2017 - 11:13 AM

As the House of Representatives begins its probe into the robbery and arson attack on the popular casino we revisit what we know about the incident and the questions that need to be answered

RESORTS WORLD MANILA ATTACK. Ambulances wait outside Resorts World Manila after a gunman stormed the casino in an alleged robbery attempt on June 2, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Gambling addiction: How the Philippines prevents, handles 'problem gamers'

Jun 06, 2017 - 2:15 PM

Local casinos are practicing minimum responsible gaming standards set by regulators But compared to global practices the Philippines seems to be just catching up

RESPONSIBLE GAMING. About 220 gamblers in the Philippines turned to a to self-exclusion program, volunteering to be banned from casinos in an attempt to go cold turkey. Rappler file photo

Gambling addiction responsibility of individuals, families – Pagcor

Jun 05, 2017 - 1:40 PM

The state can only do so much says Pagcor boss Andrea Domingo in the wake of the Resorts World Manila attack

GAMBLING NEEDED. PAGCOR Chairman and CEO Andrea Domingo defends the gaming industry saying that it contributes much to the Philippine economy. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Palace suspects negligence by Resorts World Manila

Jun 03, 2017 - 3:29 PM

Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella also denies a claim by ISIS that the terror group was behind the deadly Resorts World Manila attack

FIRST AID. Guests of Resorts World wait for first aid treatment inside the nearby Remington Hotel in Pasay City on June 2, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

FAST FACTS: What you need to know about Resorts World Manila

Jun 03, 2017 - 12:06 PM

Shooting and fire broke out in Resorts World Manila past midnight of June 2 Here s what you need to know about the place

ATTACK. Shooting and fire break out at Resorts World Manila past midnight of June 2, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Officials contradict each other on Resorts World Manila attack

Jun 03, 2017 - 9:10 AM

UPDATED Was it a terror attack or not? Did the gunman kill himself or did police shoot him to death? Questions hound the deadly attack at a Manila casino

POLICE CHIEF. PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa arrives at Resorts World Manila after a lone gunman opened fire and burned part of the posh casino on June 2, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Police: Resorts World Manila shooting not act of terrorism

Jun 02, 2017 - 2:08 PM

UPDATED Police also admit they have some doubts on robbery as a possible motive for the attack

SHOOTING INCIDENT. Police respond to a shooting incident at Resorts World Manila in Pasay City. Photo by Ezra Arcayan/Rappler

TIMELINE: Resorts World Manila attack

Jun 02, 2017 - 12:58 PM

4th UPDATE Here s what we know about the attack of an alleged lone wolf at Resorts World Manila in Pasay City on Friday June 2

RESORTS WORLD SHOOTING. Additional forces from the different PNP districts, PNP-SAFs and a contingent from the Philippine Army arrived to enforce the lockdown of Resorts World Manila on June 2, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

US, UK, Australia warn nationals after Resorts World Manila attack

Jun 02, 2017 - 10:24 AM

We continue to advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in the Philippines overall the Australian embassy says

SHOOTING INCIDENT. The Resorts World Manila attack on June 2, 2017, prompts foreign embassies to warn their nationals to exercise caution. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Pagcor imposes 5-year moratorium on new Metro Manila casinos

Mar 21, 2017 - 9:00 PM

The gaming regulator makes the decision in response to a position letter from investors seeking breathing space for the market to mature

LATEST ADDITION. Okada Manila, the $2-billion integrated resort casino of Japanese billionaire Kazuo Okada, is the latest addition to the growing number of casinos in Metro Manila. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Okada Manila grand opening moved to March

Feb 13, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Once fully operational the 44 hectare Okada Manila is set to become the largest integrated entertainment resort in the country

MOVED. After commencing its casino operations last December, Okada Manila said it has been well received by the local gaming enthusiasts that led to a milestone of reaching 10,000 Reward Circle members during its first week of operations. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Police guard Fontana casino after shutdown

Dec 06, 2016 - 2:35 PM

Policemen have been posted at the casino to ensure that no casino gambling operation will continue and that possible evidence shall not be concealed destroyed or taken out says the CIDG Region 3 chief

CLOSED. The casino at the Fontana Leisure Park and Casino has been shut down since December 4, 2016. Photo from the official Fontana website

Bloomberry reports turnaround profit on gaming, non-gaming units

Nov 15, 2016 - 3:55 PM

The 3rd quarter of 2016 produces the best ever quarterly VIP volume mass table drop and EGM coin in for Solaire thus far

GOOD YEAR. The owner of Solaire Resort & Casino reports a turnaround profit, driven by record revenues from gaming and non-gaming businesses. File photo by Aya Lowe/Rappler

Kazuo Okada eyes resorts, golf courses in the Philippines

Jul 20, 2016 - 3:35 PM

The Japanese billionaire whose 44 hectare integrated resort and casino Okada Manila is opening this year wants to pursue more projects in the Philippines

MAKING AN IMPRESSION. A rendering of Tiger Resort's planned casino, with a dancing fountain as centerpiece. It is set to open in this year. Image courtesy of Tigers Resorts

'Clear link' between Bangladesh bank hackers, RCBC – Recto

Mar 16, 2016 - 4:34 PM

UPDATED Senators will discuss the request of RCBC branch manager Maia Santos Deguito to testify in an executive session at the second hearing on Thursday

SENATE PROBE. The Senate blue ribbon committee conducts a public hearing on the Bangladesh bank heist involving a Philippine bank and casinos, on March 15, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Palace: PH bent on staying away from dirty money 'gray list'

Mar 03, 2016 - 9:10 PM

This comes amid reports that 100 million in dirty money ended up being laundered in local casinos

ALLEGED DIRTY MONEY. PAGCOR is expecting the casinos to submit their comments on the allegation as an initial step in the investigation. Photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Court stops Okada group from reneging on casino deal

Jul 29, 2014 - 9:04 PM

The casino group is also barred from selling shares and dealing with any party other than Century Properties for the development of Manila Bay Resorts

Photo shows the artist's rendition of the Okada group's Manila Bay Resorts in the Entertainment City in Manila

Okada casino a 'no go' without local partner – PAGCOR

Jun 29, 2014 - 8:10 PM

But the Japanese gaming company says it is already in talks with potential partners

Photo shows the artist's rendition of the Okada group's Manila Bay Resorts in the Entertainment City in Manila

Melco names casino complex 'City of Dreams Manila'

Oct 09, 2013 - 8:51 PM

Scheduled to open mid 2014 the Manila integrated complex will carry the City of Dreams and Crown Towers brands of Melco Crown

NAMING CEREMONY. Melco Crown names its Manila venture City of Dreams. Lawrence Ho (2nd from left, bottom), James Parker (2nd from right, bottom) and Henry Sy Jr. (3rd from left, top) grace the October 9 ceremony. Photo by Cherrie Regalado/Rappler

Okada to proceed with Manila casino project

Jul 16, 2013 - 9:20 PM

Japanese firm Universal Entertainment stresses it based its decision to invest 2 billion in a Manila casino on legal advice of a prominent law firm

STILL A GO. Kazuo Okada-led Universal Entertainment is pushing through with its Manila Bay Resorts project in Entertainment City despite the justice department's anti-dummy allegations. Artist's rendition of the Okada group's casino-entertainment project

Razon-led Bloomberry casino opens in March

Feb 06, 2013 - 1:34 PM

The 1 2 billion Solaire Manila Resorts is the first casino to open in Pagcor s tourism and leisure estate Entertainment City

AFP Photo