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Philippines gaming figures shine bright in Inside Asian Gaming’s 2022 Asian Gaming Power 50

November 9, 2022 Philippines Events & AnnouncementsIndustry Updates

The rising influence of the Philippines gaming industry was on show when leading B2B industry media brand Inside Asian Gaming announced its 50 most influential figures in the Asia-Pacific gaming industry at a lavish dinner at City of Dreams Manila on Friday night.

Galaxy Entertainment Group Vice Chairman Francis Lui was named the most influential person in the industry for the fourth year in a row after topping IAG’s Asian Gaming Power 50 list for 2022.

However, there were also 10 representatives of the Philippines integrated resort and casino industry on this year’s list. They included Mr Lawrence Ho (#3) and Mr Evan Winkler (#30) from City of Dreams Manila operator Melco Resorts & Entertainment; Mr Enrique Razon (#6) and Mr Thomas Arasi (#38) from Solaire Resort operator Bloomberry Resorts Corporation; Mr Kingson Sian (#27) from Newport World Resorts operator Travellers International Hotel Group; and Mr Jun Fujimoto (#32) and Mr Byron Yip (#46) representing Okada Manila operator Tiger Resort, Leisure and Entertainment Inc (TRLEI) and its parent company Universal Entertainment Corp.

At number six, leading Filipino national Enrique Razon enjoyed his highest ever ranking on IAG’s annual Asian Gaming Power 50 list.

Appearing on the list for the first time was Mr Daesik Han, Chairman and CEO of Hann Philippines Inc and PAGCOR Chairman and CEO Mr Alejandro Tengco, while Leisure & Resorts World Corp founder “Albee” Benitez returned to the Power 50 despite having recently stepped aside from daily duties for political reasons.

The 10 Philippines representatives and their 2022 positions are as follows:

  1. Mr Lawrence Ho (3)
  2. Mr Enrique Razon (6)
  3. Mr Kingson Sian (27)
  4. Mr Evan Winkler (30)
  5. Mr Jun Fujimoto (32)
  6. Mr Daesik Han (34)
  7. Mr Thomas Arasi (38)
  8. Mr Alejandro Tengco (45)
  9. Mr Byron Yip (46)
  10. Mr Albee Benitez (48)

All are either nationals of the Philippines or represent companies with gaming operations in the Philippines.

The Asian Gaming Power 50 is Inside Asian Gaming’s annual list of the 50 most influential individuals in the industry across the Asia-Pacific region, as ranked by a panel of esteemed judges boasting decades of industry experience.

The 2022 Asian Gaming Power 50 was held outside of Macau for the first time in its 15-year history, at City of Dreams Manila in the Philippines.

IAG was also delighted to have the support of all four Entertainment City IRs as well as Clark’s Hann Casino Resort for this year’s event.

The full list of the 2022 Asian Gaming Power 50 is below.

Position Points Name Organization
1 3,510 Francis Lui Galaxy Entertainment Group
2 2,682 Lim Kok Thay Genting Berhad
3 2,281 Lawrence Ho Melco Resorts and Entertainment
4 2,070 Pansy Ho MGM China
5 1,748 Rob Goldstein Las Vegas Sands
6 1,511 Enrique Razon Jr Bloomberry Resorts
7 1,382 Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges Hong Kong Jockey Club
8 1,251 Wilfred Wong Sands China
9 1,026 Craig Billings Wynn Resorts
10 997 Chen Lip Keong Nagacorp
11 992 Daisy Ho SJM Holdings
12 972 Masayuki Goto Japan Racing Association
13 893 Angela Leong SJM Holdings
14 881 Grant Chum Sands China
15 873 Patrick Dumont Las Vegas Sands
16 872 Bill Hornbuckle MGM Resorts International
17 852 Kevin Kelley Galaxy Entertainment Group
18 836 Lim Keong Hui Genting Berhad
19 825 Paul Town Marina Bay Sands
20 824 Han Chang-woo Maruhan Group
21 798 Steve Hsieh Taiwan Welfare Lottery
22 770 Linda Chen Wynn Macau
23 762 Yoji Sato Dynam Group
24 761 Tan Hee Teck Genting Singapore
25 756 Lee Choong Yan Genting Malaysia
26 756 Ian Michael Coughlan Wynn Macau Limited
27 738 Kingson Sian Travellers International Hotel Group
28 738 Barni Evans Sportsbet
29 737 Adam Rytenskild Tabcorp
30 735 Evan Winkler Melco Resorts and Entertainment
31 698 Lee Sam-geol Kangwon Land
32 683 Jun Fujimoto Universal Entertainment Corp
33 671 Michael Ahearne SkyCity Entertainment Group
34 669 Daesik Han Hann Philippines Inc
35 663 Ambrose So SJM Holdings
36 631 Ciarán Carruthers Crown Resorts
37 615 Henry Cheng Chow Tai Fook
38 613 Thomas Arasi Bloomberry Resorts
39 611 David Sisk Melco Resorts and Entertainment
40 605 Phillip Chun Paradise Group
41 601 Jaydev Mody Delta Corp
42 590 Ted Lin Taiwan Sports Lottery
43 577 Kenny Feng MGM China
44 576 Hubert Wang MGM China
45 568 Alejandro Tengco PAGCOR
46 564 Byron Yip Okada Manila
47 559 Stephen Ho Macau Slot Ltd
48 555 Alfredo Abelardo “Albee” Bantug Benitez Leisure & Resorts World Corporation
49 548 Jay Chun Paradise Entertainment Ltd
50 540 Kim Young-san Grand Korea Leisure

Andrew W Scott, Vice Chairman and CEO of Power 50 organizers Inside Asian Gaming said, “After 14 years in Macau, it was a big decision to move the Asian Gaming Power 50 Gala Dinner to another country for the first time, but holding the 15th annual event here in the Philippines was a spectacular success. We were absolutely delighted with the support we received from the resort industry in the Philippines, and the people of the Philippines. Everyone has gone out of their way to help us with moving the host city of this international event to Manila.

“It’s becoming much tougher for an international industry like ours to operate in China, including Macau. At the same time all levels of the Philippines government seem to be letting the world know that the country is ‘open for business’. It was an honor to have Congressman Edwin Olivarez representing the First District of Parañaque — the home of Entertainment City — present the trophy for the number 1 position. We couldn’t be happier and the Philippines has made a strong case for us staying here for next year’s event.”

First published by IAG in 2008, the Asian Gaming Power 50 has become renowned as the definitive guide to the most influential people in the Asian gaming industry.

City of Dreams Manila was Venue Sponsor of this year’s Asian Gaming Power 50 Gala Dinner, with Bloomberry Resorts Corp and Solaire Resort, Entertainment City the Red Carpet Welcome Cocktails Sponsors, Newport World Resorts the Farewell Gift Bags Sponsor, Okada Manila the Official After Party Sponsor and Bobadilla Group Macau the Entertainment Sponsor.

ANGEL Group, Aristocrat, IGT and Light & Wonder were Platinum Sponsors, while Avantage Entertainment, Galaxy Entertainment Group, Hann Resorts, Macau Slot, Mega Fortris, MGM, Sands China, SJM Resorts and Wynn Macau were Gold Sponsors.

The 16th Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner will take place on Friday 3 November 2023.

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