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China – Macau considers electronic gaming cap

By - 13 January 2014

Macau’s gaming regulators are now considering introducing a cap on electronic gaming terminals to go with the limits on traditional live dealer tables.

Secretary for Economy and Finance Francis Tam Pak Yuen has publically conceded that limiting the growth of traditional table gaming at three per cent compound annual growth until the end of 2022 might not be enough. He also said the current cap on traditional live dealer table numbers might continue after 2022.

Mr. Tam said: “We have actually started some studies on this since the current slots are so different to what we had in the past due to the rapid growth in the development of electronic gaming equipment. We hope we can introduce to the public the government thoughts on this at an appropriate time. Gaming tables may not play a major role in the casino resorts in the next 10 or 20 years and perhaps the electronic gaming machines would have accounted for a principal position instead,” he added.

Macau had a total of 14,775 by the third quarter of 2013, up by 25 per cent since 2008 with revenue from slots increasing by nine per cent year-on-year to US$1.3bn in the first three quarters of 2013. Electronic Table Game revenue is though classified as table revenue.

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