Asia round-up: Macau to regulate ‘satellite casinos;' M88 agreement & more

Macau Government to regulate satellite casinos; seize control of gaming tables 

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Further detail has emerged from Macau’s meeting between members of the Second Standing Committee of the Legislative Assembly.  

Yesterday, Gambling Insider reported on news that the Macau SAR Government intends to revise its gaming bill, granting special powers to Macau’s Chief Executive, should the need arise to rapidly terminate a gaming licence.

And today, according to a report in the Macau Daily Times, members of the Second Standing Committee have reaffirmed a joint intention to reduce the amount of slot machines and gaming tables available at any one time in a single casino. 

Moreover, Committee President Chan Chak Mo has once again spoken out, claiming the Government of Macau intends to enforce regulations more stringently in so-called satellite casinos. The Second Standing Committee believes greater transparency is needed concerning the application of correct operating laws, in regions where satellite casinos base themselves. 

Chan Chak Mo cites the move as a means to provide greater clarity around Article 5.

He said: “It is suspected that there were around 30 [satellites] but now we think some of them already closed, so we think there might be a little less, for sure no more than 22 or 23.”  

M88 Mansion and BWF to become official betting partners 

M88 Mansion has become the official betting partner of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) for the BWF Major Championships until 2024.  

This deal sees the partnership include tournaments such as the TotalEnergies BWF Thomas and Uber Cup Finals 2022, as well as the TotalEnergies BWF World Championships 2022, the TotalEnergies BWF Sudirman Cup Finals 2023, TotalEnergies BWF World Championships 2023 and the TotalEnergies BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals 2024. 

Based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the BWF has 197 Member Associations worldwide. Recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International Paralympic Committee (IPC), it works as the international governing body for badminton.  

Commenting on this agreement, Owen Leed, BWF’s Commercial and Communications Director, said: “We are excited to announce our partnership with online betting platform M88 as we look to strengthen the sport’s profile globally.

“It is suspected that there were around 30 [satellites] but now we think some of them already closed so we think there might be a little less, for sure no more than 22 or 23”  Chan Chak Mo, Second Standing Committee President

“This is just the start of the evolution of the engagement of the sports fans by M88. Expect more exciting things in the coming months together with BWF.”  

Carlos Lopez, M88’s Creative Director, added: “We are very much delighted and thrilled to partner with BWF over the next three years. Badminton is recognised as a worldwide sport and has a fast-growing audience not only in Asia but globally." 

DSEC survey reveals manpower demand remained low in Q4 2021 

The Statistic and Census Service (DSEC) of Macau has released a survey that details a persistent lack of demand for manpower in the gaming sector. This information excludes junket employment and junket wage demands.  

Q4 of 2021 saw a decrease of 1,774 staff year-on-year; with there being 758 fewer dealers year-on-year, and 410 fewer service and sales workers than there were in Q4 of 2020.  

Most striking, though, is the mere 58 vacancies available in Macau’s gaming sector. The demand for Macau’s concessionaries is clearly not yet high enough to warrant reintroducing more members of staff.

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