Saipan casino struggles to survive

With a casino monopoly on the US Pacific island Saipan and a history of reporting multibillion dollar monthly VIP action, Hong Kong listed Imperial Pacific International says it can’t pay its casino license fees or legal judgments against it, and its beachfront hotel remains unfinished despite a purported US$900 million investment. New CEO Donald Browne says IPI has a new plan, if it can survive Covid-19.

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