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Saipan – Commonwealth Casino Commission of Saipan commits to enforcing compliance with local regulations

By - 25 August 2020

The Commonwealth Casino Commission of Saipan (CCC) has strengthened its commitment to enforcing compliance by Saipan’s gaming operator with all required local and federal regulations.

In a recent interview, the CCC has made clear its commitments to preserving the integrity of the gaming license and ensuring that the operator follows the required regulations as part of their ongoing ability to operate within CNMI.

This includes ensuring that the operator adheres to any and all Commission Orders as required by the CCC in order to achieve a good standing within CNMI. The CCC and its administration will remain committed to monitoring gaming operations within the territory and, when required, issuing such orders to maintain a safe and fair environment for operators, their staff, contracted vendors and the CNMI population as a whole.

The CCC has noted that this may, at times, require extraordinary measures to ensure a safe and sustainable operating environment. These types of measures are required and will be non-negotiable to ensure the development of a fair and sustainable gaming industry within the CNMI.

Mr. Edward C. DeLeon Guerrero, Chairman of the CCC, stated: “The Commonwealth Casino Commission of Saipan will remain committed to ensuring all casino gaming operations in Saipan comply with both local and federally mandated regulations. The CCC’s operation includes monitoring of all gaming facilities, including twenty-four seven surveillance operations at our only casino operation.”

Several recent orders by the CCC to the gaming operator Imperial Pacific International (CNMI), LLC. have included orders requiring licensees to appoint a Chief Executive Officer, casino licensees to maintain sufficient working capital to pay three months’ payroll in a bank in the CNMI or USA, and requiring casino licensees to settle accounts payable.

Chairman DeLeon Guerrero also re-confirmed that the CCC will continue to do what is best for CNMI’s casino gaming industry – this includes creating an environment where the gaming industry can thrive. It was also made clear that this does not specifically refer to assisting any particular company or operator, nor does it mean that any favorable terms would ever be developed to assist a particular company or operator over another.

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