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Casino ban requests rise in Macau

A total of 233 people have filed requests to be banned from casinos in Macau in the first six months of 2018, up from 179 in the first half of 2017.

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While 200 of those requests were for self-exclusion, the remaining 33 were by third parties, such as family members.

The exclusion period can last up to two years and can be extended. To be added to the exclusion list, which is maintained by Macau’s Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau, applicants must agree to it in writing regardless of who made the initial request.

Those who violate the ban are subject to arrest or a fine of up to $1200. Casino operators are expected to be on the lookout for violators and failure to do so could cost them up to $60,000.

Civil servants in the city are already banned from entering casinos, due to their professional roles.

The Legislative Assembly is also reviewing a bill that proposes banning gaming workers from entering casinos outside of work hours. This ban is seeking to reduce problem gambling among employees.

According to a study conducted by the Macau University, 2.5% of the city’s population are problem gamblers.


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