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Has Macau Junket Operators’ Luck Run Out? – Caixin

Visitors from the mainland are the lifeblood of Macau, but Beijing currently has little tolerance for gambling on the mainland and junkets that fly in wealthy ‘high rollers’

Casinos are seen in a general view of Macau, China.
Casinos are seen in a general view of Macau, China. Photo: Reuters


From a trading port to a world-famous hub of glitzy casinos, Macau’s gambling industry has grown to dominate the economy of the ‘Monte Carlo of the East’ since it was legalised by the Portuguese about 170 years ago, Caixin Global reported.

As the only part of Chinese territory in which casinos are legal, mainland visitors are the city’s lifeblood. Those visitors once helped Macau’s gambling revenue top that of Las Vegas, making it the world’s No.1 gambling economy. But there is speculation that could change with the arrest of the city’s two top junket operators for ‘high rollers’ from the mainland – Suncity’s Alvin Chau, in November, and now, Macau Legend boss Chau Weng Lin – given the large profits they brought in before the crackdown.


Read the full report:  Caixin Global.




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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years and has a family in Bangkok.


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