VIP Baccarat accounts for 70 pct of Macau’s casino gross revenues from January to September

18 October 2012

VIP Baccarat, with revenues of 156.019 billion patacas (US$19.502 billion) accounted for 70 percent of Macau’s gross gaming and gambling revenues in the first nine months of the year, which totalled 223.311 billion patacas, according to the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (GICB).

Adding conventional baccarat, which is played at tables open to the public, to VIP baccarat, revenues from these two games totalled 203.507 billion patacas, or 91 percent of gross gaming and gambling revenues between January and September.

The next most popular form of gambling is slot machines, with revenues of 9.740 billion patacas, cussec, a dice game, with 4.080 billion patacas, and blackjack, also known as “21” with 2.177 billion patacas.

Overall gamblers spent 224.120 billion patacas on all types of games including dog and horse racing, Chinese lottery and scratch cards, and sports betting. Bets on football and basketball games provided revenues of 809 million patacas, or 0.36 percent of the total.

At the end of September 2012 there were 35 casinos in Macau, 20 of which were owned by Sociedade de Jogos de Macau, six by Galaxy Casino, four by Venetian Macau, three by Melco Crown Jogos (Macau) and one each by Wynn Resorts and MGM Grand Paradise, which altogether had a total of 5,497 tables and 17,029 slot machines. (macauhub)