Macao’s gross gaming revenue (GGR) in July dropped by 84 per cent month-on-month to just MOP 398 million, the worst since the pandemic began, according to data from the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ).
The figure was also a decrease of 95.3 per cent year-on-year from MOP 8.45 billion as the Macao government shut down government departments and businesses for weeks – including casinos for nearly two weeks in July – as the city battled its latest outbreak that began on 18 June, leaving it almost empty of visitors.
In total, Macao’s GGR in the first seven months of the year dropped by 53.6 per cent year-on-year from MOP 57.47 billion to MOP 26.67 billion.
Prior to the pandemic, the combined GGR in the first seven months of 2019 was MOP 173.95 billion, showing a 84.67-per cent drop to this year’s figure.
As of this year’s Q2, there were a total of 37 casinos in Macao run by six gaming operators SJM (20), Venetian Macau (5), Galaxy (4), Melco Crown (4), Wynn Resorts (2) and MGM (2) – a decrease of five casinos compared to the previous quarter.
The number of gaming tables across the city in Q2 decreased by 19 tables from the total 6,025 in Q1, while the number of slot machines increased by 3.67 per cent from 11,615 in the first quarter to 12,042 in the second quarter.