The Hamilton Princess and the St George’s hotel project will be eligible to apply for casino licences after being named designated sites.

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In the latest Bernews podcast, the executive director of the Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission says using Singaporean gaming legislation as a model has slowed down the process of bringing a casino to Bermuda.

Richard Shuetz told Bernews that the Commission had drafted more than 40 amendments to the legislation that was passed in 2014 and that he was talking to the new Tourism Minister, Michael Fahy, about the issue.

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The Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission has seen a “robust demand” for applications to establish properties as designated casino sites.

Richard Schuetz, the executive director of the commission, said the demand for applications was stronger than he had expected, adding that so far two of the applications had been returned.

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Archaeologists have come to understand that gambling has been a part of the human experience on this planet from the early days of civilisation. In recent times, this presence is felt around the globe, and it has been growing rapidly. Gambling is a common offering across the United Kingdom, Europe has numerous betting opportunities and gambling exists in many locations throughout Asia. Gambling can be found in Central America and South America, and throughout the Caribbean. In North America, there is gambling in Canada and in 48 of the 50 United States. In country after country, the ability to legally gamble is the new normal.

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Casinos are likely the least problematic element of the gaming industry, according to the former chief executive of Britain’s Gambling Commission.

Jennifer Williams, who met with local politicians this week to discuss the coming implementation of integrated resort casinos, said that there was a widespread misconception about the negative impact of casino gaming.

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