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Mass-market baccarat revenue soars year on year

The game was responsible for some 60 percent of the 57.33 billion patacas in gross gaming revenue recorded for the first three months of 2024.

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UPDATED: 17 Apr 2024, 8:44 am

Macao generated 57.33 billion patacas (US$7.1 billion) in gross gaming revenue (GGR) for the first quarter of the year, the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau says.

The figure greatly exceeds the 38.94 billion patacas (US$4.8 billion) recorded during the same period in pre-pandemic 2019.

Of this year’s first quarter revenue, mass market baccarat was responsible for nearly 34.6 billion patacas (US$4.2 billion) – just over 60 percent of market share, or a 68.7 percent rise from a year earlier. Meanwhile, VIP baccarat generated a sum of just under 14.38 billion patacas (US$1.78 billion). 

[See more: China tells its citizens to refrain from gambling in foreign countries]

Slot machines were the third biggest revenue generator, posting 3.2 billion patacas (US$395 million) in gross revenue.|

Earlier this month, capital markets group CLSA increased its forecast for Macao’s 2024 GGR by 3.5 percent to US$30.3 billion – a year-on-year jump of 34 percent – basing the forecast on the city’s strong tourism recovery. 

CLSA’s estimate is almost double the government’s 18 percent growth prediction and slightly more than Morgan Stanley’s, which puts the increase at 28 percent.

UPDATED: 17 Apr 2024, 8:44 am

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