CASINO WORLD NEWS Macau casino giants pledge $15 billion for 10-year licenses 2 months ago Szarlot Post Views: 112 Six Macau casino firms agreed Friday to invest a total of 118.8 billion patacas ($15 billion) after being granted 10-year operating licences, with the bulk of the money pledged to non-gaming projects. The former Portuguese colony is the only place in China where casinos are allowed, and issues just six operating concessions for a multi-billion-dollar industry that, until the pandemic hit, was bigger than Las Vegas. Macau has been keen to diversify away from gambling into tourism and leisure for decades, but with mixed results. The government confirmed last month that the six incumbents all won licence renewals, beating back a surprise bid from a newcomer firm linked to Malaysian gaming and resorts giant Genting. The casino firms promised to spend 108.7 billion patacas – more than 90 percent of their investment total -on exploring overseas customer markets and developing non-gaming projects, the government said Friday. Such projects would cover the convention and exhibition business, entertainment and performances, sports events, culture and art, health care, and themed amusement, the government added. Macau’s leader Ho Iat-seng said he hoped the operators would contribute to Macau’s development and deliver on their corporate social responsibilities regarding protection of local employment and promotion of upward mobility of local workers. The six firms — MGM China, Wynn Macau, Sands China, Galaxy Entertainment, Melco Resorts, and SJM Holdings, will begin their new contract period on January 1. Shares in the operators have spiked more than 60 percent in the past three weeks, according to Bloomberg, as news of the licence renewals emerged and China loosens coronavirus restrictions. But all are still trading well below where they were before the pandemic. Macau’s gaming sector, which has been limping for nearly three years, was further battered this year as the Omicron variant led to a cycle of lockdowns, testing and border closures for residents and kept mainland Chinese tourists away. The casinos are on track for their weakest annual revenue on record, with only 38.7 billion patacas recorded between January and November – down 86 percent from the same period in 2019. Even if pandemic measures are fully lifted, it is unlikely they will return to their headiest, freewheeling days. Chinese President Xi Jinping has spearheaded an anti-corruption campaign that has increased scrutiny of the high rollers and officials who travel to gamble in Macau, where money laundering is common. For decades, Macau’s gaming industry was run as a monopoly by casino magnate Stanley Ho, but in 2002 more operators were brought in and issued 20-year concessions as part of a liberalization effort. In January, authorities slashed the licence period to 10 years and unveiled regulations seeking to increase local ownership and government supervision. Source: AFP About Post Author Szarlot I am a fan of casino games especially roulette and blackjack. After that I analyze current events in the gambling industry. See author's posts SzarlotI am a fan of casino games especially roulette and blackjack. After that I analyze current events in the gambling industry. Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Print Tags: China, Ho Iat-seng, Macau, Stanley Ho Continue Reading Previous Slotegrator has signed a partnership agreement with BoldplayNext bet365 reveals total eight-figure payout after Argentina’s World Cup triumph More Stories BETTING WORLD NEWS Bookmaker 1xBet denies problems with license and connection with Russia 2 days ago Samuel CASINO SOUTH AFRICA Wild Coast Sun recognised as best luxury beach resort in South Africa 3 days ago Samuel ONLINE WORLD NEWS TVBET enhances its iGaming footprint through St8 partnership 3 days ago Iwo Bulski CASINO WORLD NEWS Black Edition is back for Novomatic 4 days ago Iwo Bulski ONLINE WORLD NEWS Playtech to deliver €400m EBITDA for 2022 5 days ago Iwo Bulski ONLINE WORLD NEWS Technamin appoints Hmayak Manukyan 5 days ago Samuel EXPERTS WORLD NEWS What Will Be The Future of Sports Betting Around The World? 6 days ago Szarlot BETTING WORLD NEWS 1xBet Statement: Curaçao License is Valid and Fully Operational 1 week ago Iwo Bulski GAMES WORLD NEWS Wazdan combines classic and modern styles in Hot Slot™: 777 Stars 1 week ago Iwo Bulski ONLINE WORLD NEWS Pragmatic Play broadens Czech presence 2 weeks ago Iwo Bulski BETTING HOT NEWS WORLD NEWS 1XBet declares bankruptcy 2 weeks ago Iwo Bulski EXPERTS WORLD NEWS Restrictions on gambling 2 weeks ago Iwo Bulski Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment * Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.