Japanese Casino Legislation On Target; Organized Crime Gets Shut Out It’s been decades in the making, but Japan spurred on by the promise of this 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games appears to be finally making a push that is real legalizing land gaming into the island country. News reports from Reuters state a solid draft of a gambling policy has been put together, and Japan’s Diet (parliament) may be reviewing before year’s end for early 2014 passage, God willin’ and the crick don’t rise. Baby Procedures Towards Legalization At Last Even if that occurs on schedule, however, it could take another two years for the legislators to drum up a more in-depth overview that is regulatory which in turn would at long last open the road towards bonafide legal casinos to start being built. The goal, of course, being to own everything up and prepared to roll over time for those all-important tourists to be able to drop some chunks of change once they come to Japan for those summer games. As we’ve been seeing advertising nauseum of late, corruption, crime and gambling seem to often sleep within the exact same sleep together, and with an eye towards trying to stem that tide before the tsunami comes in, Japanese lawmakers are building some interesting safeguards within their casino regulations. These generally include producing a gambling that is independent who would in turn oversee the license application process, since well as making it mandatory for any licensees to enjoy a decade’s worth the least their tax, banking and credit information on each of their top-level executives designed for review. And not soleley the execs that are actual but most of the executives’ family will also be scrutinized, presumably so no-one can hide anything by putting it in a spouse’s or sibling’s or son’s or daughter’s title. Oversight Group Will Be Cabinet-Level The regulatory body will be set as a de facto case group, because of the aim for it being to make it not beholden to any particular Japanese ministry in its transactions. That, in turn, is supposed to minimize the possibility for graft or coercion by some of the mob that is japanese the so-called ‘Yakuza’ organized crime syndicates who might try to get their arms into the casino cookie jar. In presenting the plan’s principles, legislators said the overall idea is to make sure ‘the hurdles to enter the business enterprise must be set high … With proper regulation and enforcement … there is absolutely no reason for casinos to become hotbeds of unlawful activity.’ Also in the start-up regulatory proposal are requires limits become set on how many gambling enterprises can be approved within the first stages, to ensure that laws will be enforced and the overall impact of those entities in the population at large is assessed. And while the obvious choices of major centers that are metropolitan as Tokyo and Osaka will most likely be the first locales for these new appropriate gambling enterprises, there are also provisions within the intends to make sure that some smaller urban centers could additionally be taken into consideration for future jobs. Buyers and Sellers Dance the Dance with Atlantic City gambling enterprises Everybody wants a bit of Atlantic City’s casinos these full days, it appears Ah, the Atlantic Club in Atlantic City: the lady that everybody wants to rest with, but no body shall marry. This nj-new Jersey land gaming joint keeps on finding new suitors, however, and now an one that is new popped through to the horizon: a local attorney-slash-entrepreneur, George Miller, who’s developed an investment team utilizing The Flynn Company CEO Kevin Flynn of Philadelphia. Apparently, this estate that is real are eyeing all kinds of East Coast gambling enterprises, with the target of firming something up before New 12 months’s 2014 strikes midnight on the clock. Atlantic Club Just One Contender While Miller won’t come right away and state who is looking like are going to getting a diamond just yet, he did tell the Press of Atlantic City their group hasn’t eliminated the Atlantic Club being a contender, but that they were ‘looking all over the place’ for just the right spot to make their deal. The situation is made a bit more interesting in that both Miller and Flynn hold very small stakes in A pennsylvania that is caesars-run property albeit just a 0.25% stake each. Press of Atlantic City interviewer Donald Wittkowski suggests that this minor alliance could assist the duo, as Caesars has four casinos in Atlantic City and might be willing to part with one. You might recall that Caesars’ international debt-load is sky-high, and some cash right now might be over welcomed as a number of their records are coming due in 2015. Rumors are that possibly Trump Plaza, Golden Nugget and Revel along with Caesars’ Showboat might all be getting sexy glances from Miller and Flynn at this time. A good amount of Inventory Up for Grabs It looks like it is a sellers market these days, however; also in line to buy something in Atlantic City almost certainly to then get in place to obtain a gaming that is interactive for AC’s imminent Internet launch are clothes like PokerStars, possibly Kentucky’s Churchill Downs horse racing operation, and even Philly’s SugarHouse casino owners are considered seeking to expand into the Atlantic City market. Uk operators 2UP Gaming is additionally reported to be thinking about AC, backed evidently by the unnamed Asian mogul. The Plaza (which killed a potential deal with the West Coast’s Meruelo Group for $20 million when the casino’s main mortgage holder Carl Icahn said ‘I don’t think so’ to the low-ball offer), as well as the Golden Nugget and poor ol’ Revel, which just can’t seem to stand up, it’s so debt-heavy at the top among the properties letting it be known they could be available for the right price are the now-infamous Atlantic Club. Needless to say, you could wonder why a town whose casinos are doing this generally awful in the net profits department has been so eagerly courted by many these days, and the obvious response is both the interactive gaming potential (you can’t get an online operator’s license without having a land casino) too as the seemingly vague potential for the legalization of sports betting in Atlantic City’s land casinos, which includes been shot down more times than an Iranian war plane over the White House. Regardless, Miller claims their investment group is doing its due diligence about it market. Despite Atlantic City’s crappy revenue ledgers the previous couple of years, he states he views ‘a great deal of good regarding the horizon.’ Caesars Entertainment Rearranges Deck Furniture for Debt Restructuring Caesars Entertainment is doing plenty of restructuring, but will it assist their financially sinking ship? Can this level of Titanic debt be salvaged from dragging the ship to your base associated with ocean that is financial? This is the question being asked as Caesars Entertainment Corp. put Planet Hollywood one of the kingpin Las vegas, nevada Strip properties right into a new company that is holding along with the Interactive Division and the still-being-built Horseshoe Casino Baltimore. The organization has instructed its shareholders that they have only until Oct. 17th to obtain in on a stock fire sale to generate $1.18 billion in much-needed money infusions as well. And also you thought your garage sales were busy. Shareholders Can Buy Stocks First The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing created by Caesars announces that shareholders can get first dibs on one share each of the latest Caesars Acquisition Co. (CAC) for every single share regarding the existing parent company they own. This restructuring has been in the works since this past Spring, and was formally approved by the Nevada Gaming Control Board in July. Beneath the restructuring, the newly formed CAC will be a partial owner of the also newly created Caesars Growth Partners, and along with Caesars Entertainment (are you dizzy yet?), the newest entity will acquire Planet Hollywood, the Baltimore under-construction property, and Caesars Interactive Entertainment, which, of course, spearheads the World Series of Poker (WSOP) a real income online poker brand that just lately established for Nevada Internet players. Now you might think the idea of all this fundraising is to pay straight down the organization’s massive current debt, but evidently, these are typically studying the White home financials, because they say the raised funds will go towards new casino tasks in the U.S., in addition to more online development, along with 888 Holdings, to acquire a few online casino internet sites up and rolling in New Jersey whenever that state goes online on November 26. They must be in a pissing contest with Obama for the greatest achievable debt ceiling. Gambling’s Highest Debt Load Think we’re joking? Caesars has the dubious honor of holding the casino industry’s highest-ever long-term debt load at $23.5 billion. In early 2014, they shall do a refi of about $5 billion of that, and got about $200 million towards that amount in a stock purchase already. This debtload that is somewhat scaryn’t seem to be deterring anyone from teaming up with the gaming behemoth though; Detroit-based Rock Gaming is in on a joint venture with Caesars to own and run the $400 million Horseshoe Baltimore once it’s completed and prepared to start in 2015. And Suffolk Downs Racetrack in Boston went into partnership using the company because well, as they try to obtain $1 billion casino project accepted and built in Boston in Massachusetts’ Battle associated with the Casino Giants game. Looks even Caesars Deputy General Counsel Michael Cohen isn’t entirely sure about this restructuring gameplan, but. ‘Compared to our money structure, that isn’t a change that is big’ he told the Nevada Gaming Control Board about the business’s spinoff concept once they signed off on the plan in July. ‘Caesars features a lot of debt. We think it’s manageable, but others disagree.