Australia introduces new oversight body to tackle match-fixing
A new regulatory body, the National Sports Tribunal, has been announced to investigate illegal sports betting, match-fixing and cheating including any form of organised criminal exploitation involving games or players. By merging three sports bodied, Peter Dutton Minister for Home Affairs has given ASADA (Australian Sports Anti-doping Authority), the National Integrity of Sport Unit and Sport Australia more authority and funding to tackle illegal doping and cheating. The new Tribunal will work with other government agencies to collect intelligence on the involvement of organised crime in sports
Japan to introduce casino gambling
While unlikely to have casinos operating before 2025, Japanese authorities are expected to announce criteria for the first three integrated resorts (IRs) that will be allowed to operate casinos. Experts are predicting their casino gambling market to be a US $40 billion. Pachinko gambling parlours are similar to arcade games where players convert winning tickets to prizes. Pachinko gambling is estimated to be over US$380 billion annually and gives an indication of the potential of the new casino market when it opens. There are no published estimates of how much allowing casinos in Japan will affect the ANZ casino market.