The Senate of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands on Thursday passed a bill to repeal and re-enact a casino law for Saipan, to “clarify ambiguities” in the original statute and fully empower the local Lottery Commission to award an exclusive Saipan casino licence, reported the Saipan Tribune newspaper.
The last step now is for the U.S. Pacific territory’s Governor Eloy S. Inos to sign the corrective bill. He has already said he would do it “promptly”.
Last week Superior Court Associate Judge David A. Wiseman, sitting in Saipan, criticised the original law, describing it as “haphazard and poorly drafted”.
Imperial Pacific International Holdings Ltd – a Hong Kong-listed investor in the profit stream of Macau VIP operator Hengsheng Group – is seeking via a wholly owned subsidiary to secure the licence for a resort requiring a “minimum US$2 billion” investment according to the Saipan authorities. The subsidiary, Best Sunshine Ltd, is one of two applicants currently involved in the process.
Jan 28, 2021Macau’s current VIP gambling sector – involving 85 licensed gaming promoters – has “77 gaming rooms” and “1,566 gaming tables”, said the Macau government official with oversight of the...
"I believe that when Macau makes a decision, there is going to be a requirement to invest more"
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