Asia round-up: PAGCOR’s new leadership, Indonesian iGaming, APE & The Star

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Tengco will lead PAGCOR.
The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp (PAGCOR) has a new leader in Alejandro H. Tengco, who replaces Andrea Domingo as the country’s casino regulator.
Tengco was sworn into office recently by Philippines President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr, according to the regulator. Tengco is appointed Chairman and CEO.

In addition, Attorney Juanito L. Saosa Jr. will be appointed as PAGCOR’s new Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Gilbert Cesar C. Remulla, Francis Democrito C. Concordia, and Jose Maria C. Ortega will round out the regulator’s new Board of Directors.

PAGCOR’s leadership usually changes when a new national party takes power, as Marcos Jr did on May 30 after winning the national election.

Marco Jr’s father, Ferdinand Marcos Snr, established the regulator in 1977, when he was President of the Philippines.

The Indonesian government “will not allow” online gambling to exist.

Over the last four years, over 500,000 online gambling accounts have been closed down, according to a senior government official in Indonesia.

Gambling is illegal in Indonesia, according to Article 303 of the country’s Criminal Code, and is punishable by up to four years in prison, with a maximum of six years for repeat offenders.

“Between 2018 and July 31, this year, 534,138 online gambling accounts were terminated,” said Communication and Information Technology Minister Johnny Plate on a podcast.

APE brings a D-27 slot cabinet to the Macau IR casino floor.

Asia Pioneer Entertainment (APE) and its distribution partner Jumbo Technology have brought their D-27 slot cabinet to the casino gaming floor of one of Macau’s largest integrated resorts (IR).

The D-27 slot cabinet has a 27-inch dual screen and a 10.1-inch configurable button touch panel, as well as the progressive jackpot links “Fortune Treasure” and “Golden Horse Treasure.”

“Those products have established track records and received high praise in various regions since their initial release.” We anticipate that the D-27 slot cabinet with the progressive jackpot link will perform well on the Macau casino gaming floor in the future.” Allen Hsu, Vice President of Jumbo Interactive Department

The D-27 cabinet was recently approved for the Macau market and will soon be compliant with the DICJ 2.0 standard.

Allen Hsu, VP Jumbo Interactive Department, stated, “APE is one of our most trustworthy partners, with extensive gaming experience and industrial knowledge.” We appreciate APE’s assistance with the installation of the D-27 slot cabinet.”

The Star induced gamblers despite “red flags,” according to a Queensland inquiry.

The suitability of the Star Entertainment Group to hold casino licenses in Queensland will be put to the test as public hearings begin.

Following an introductory session last month, the first proper hearing was held in Brisbane earlier today, during which Jonathan Horton QC leveled several accusations against The Star.

Among his allegations were high-risk gamblers, who Horton claims were enticed to travel to Queensland by The Star despite “red flags.”

“There’s the issue of some people being actively encouraged to come to Queensland and being given benefits to do so, even though there were red flags that should have led to their exclusion, let alone not inducing the person to come here,” he said.

Horton also addressed allegations that The Star allowed Chinese nationals to gamble using China UnionPay (CUP) debit or credit cards despite currency restrictions.

He claimed that China UnionPay cards were used for funds credited to hotel room accounts, but they were also used for gambling.

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