Macau’s gaming regulator says total gross gambling revenue rose 19 percent in the third quarter from the year before, led by a surge in mass-market baccarat. The total for the quarter was 89.447 billion patacas (US $11.22 billion), with mass-market baccarat gaining 42 percent over the year to 23.833 billion, the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau said. Income from VIP baccarat rose 13 percent year-on-year to 57.794 billion, while slot machine revenue also gained 13 percent to 3.556 billion. Mass market baccarat and slot machines also helped push up overall revenue compared with the second quarter, though most other sectors showed slight declines over this period. The latest figures take total gaming revenue year-to-date to 261.465 billion patacas. The number of gaming tables stood at 5,748, up two from the end of the second quarter, while the number of slot machines dipped by 535 to 14,775.
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Singapore police have busted at least two illegal gambling operations in the past week, while across Asia authorities have moved to stamp out illicit activities, from raids on premier league matches in India, to illegal number forecasting in Malaysia.
The Puducherry union territory government has urged the union government to ban online gaming platforms and mobile apps, describing it as a necessity to protect the mental health of vulnerable people.
The next edition of the AGB Webinar Series will look at the future of iGaming customer acquisition and retention, which has been going through a transition period over the last year.