The First Asia Pacific Conference on Gambling and Commercial Gaming Research took place November 5–8, 2012 at the Gaming Teaching and Research Centre of the Macao Polytechnic Institute in Macao, China. The conference was organized by the Asia Pacific Association for Gambling Studies and hosted by the Macao Polytechnic Institute. This conference received financial support from the Macao Foundation, MGM Macau, the Social Welfare Bureau, the Macao Polytechnic Institute, the Galaxy Entertainment Group, Wynn Macau, Melco Crown Entertainment, and Sands China Ltd. The event was covered by Macao Daily, Hong Kong Commerce Daily, Macao TDM, etc.
At the conference, 66 papers were presented and discussed. These papers covered nearly every aspect of gambling studies, including problem and responsible gambling, gaming business administration, decisions under uncertainty, regulations and public policies, etc. More than 130 delegates from more than 10 countries and regions, such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, U.K., U.S.A., Sweden, Finland, France, Japan, Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao, attended the conference.