Asia round-up: Tabcorp & Tab; Macau’s Golden Week & Galaxy reincentivises

In Australia, Tabcorp agreed to an AU$33m (US$20.9m) strategic investment in socialised digital wagering platform Dabble Sports. 

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The investment is for a 20% equity interest on a fully diluted basis in Dabble, subject to customary conditions including Northern Territory Racing Commission approval. Per the deal, Dabble will have the right to appoint a director to its board, with that appointment subject to probity approval. 

Tabcorp noted that the investment provides the group with exposure to Dabble’s “innovative product capability and strength in the younger customer segment,” with the companies to “explore opportunities to create win-win innovations and growth” for both groups. 

Tab extends partnership with Australian Turf Club 

Elsewhere in the land of Oz, Tab has extended its partnership with the Australian Turf Club (ATC).

As part of an extended three-year deal, Tab will become the Naming Rights Sponsor of Australia’s richest race day. The Everest Race Day will now become the Tab Everest Race Day, with Tab to remain the ATC’s official wagering partner for the next three years. 

The agreement will see Tab’s commercial partnership with the ATC become one of the longest-running in Australian sport. 

Tabcorp CEO Adam Rytenskild said: “We’re thrilled to become Naming Rights Partner of Tab Everest Race Day and to extend our agreement as the ATC’s official wagering partner.’’

Golden Week draws 182,000 to Macau 

China’s Golden Week came to a close last Friday 7 October 2022, a week which usually sees vast swathes head to Macau to enjoy their holiday.  

However, times have been different since the pandemic first struck in 2020 and Macau has been a region that has found it harder than most to bounce back. 

Mainland China’s strict zero-Covid policy has played a major effect, prohibiting most in-and-outgoing travel both internationally and domestically. 

It was only shortly before Golden Week when Macau re-implemented evisas for inbound travel, giving locals far greater freedom of access – without quarantine – to the special administrative region.  

Hopes were therefore high for Golden Week visitation and Macau has seen 182,000 visitors attend throughout the week.

Approximately 163,000 of these visitors were from Mainland China according to the Macau Government Tourism Office.  

These figures resulted in a daily average of 26,000 visitors, up 33% on daily average visitation for the whole of September and up 1900% year-on-year.  

It’s worth noting that the impact of Covid-19 on Macau – and the rest of the world – was significant during Golden Week last year.  

Macau’s tourism bureau says these visitation numbers exceeded expectations, and represent a gradual restoration of travellers the China’s gaming region.  

Galaxy Entertainment Founder Lui Che Woo covered in shares reshuffle 

Staying in Macau, the Founder and Chairman of Galaxy Entertainment Lui Che Woo will be covered by a restructured share awards and options scheme within the company.  

According to Galaxy, share schemes are reshuffled to align with the group’s share price level, and incentivise those in strong positions on the company’s board. 

Six people have been reported to be the beneficiaries of rejigged share schemes, one of which is Galaxy’s Founder Woo. 

Galaxy says it had to reconstruct its share awards as its previous awards system did not sufficiently motivate or incentivise its grantees. 

The operator’s new share option amount covers six years and is subject to vesting in both October 2023 and October 2024.  

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