Macau, China, 18 Jan – Gaming and gambling activities in Macau posted gross revenues of 120.383 billion patacas (US$15.047 billion) in the 2009, which was year on year growth of 9.6 percent, the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (GICB) said.
Of the total gross revenue, gambling contributed 99.15 percent or 119.369 billion patacas and the remainder was generated by greyhound and horse racing, Chinese and instant lotteries and football and basketball bets.
In macau’s casinos, VIP baccarat provided revenues of 79.834 billion patacas or 66.88 percent of all gambling revenues, with both varieties of baccarat – VIP baccarat and baccarat – providing revenues of 105.332 billion patacas, or 88.24 percent of the total.
At the end of the year there were 4770 gaming tables in Macau’s casinos and 14,363 slot machines in the territory’s 33 casinos, 20 of which belonging to Sociedade de Jogos de Macau, which, under the name Sociedade de Turismo e Diversões de Macau, previously had a monopoly on gaming and gambling in the territory. (macauhub)