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The biggest better over the Labour Day holiday was a South Korean

This marked the first time that Citibank’s high-rolling ‘player of the month’ at Macao’s casinos was not Chinese.

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UPDATED: 07 May 2024, 7:56 am

Out of all the punters in Macao’s premium mass gaming rooms during the five-day Labour Day break, it was a South Korean national who wagered the most money, Inside Asia Gaming (IAG) reports – citing a note from Citibank analysts.

It also stated that this was the first time that Citibank’s “player of the month” was not from the Chinese mainland. 

The holiday period’s three top players were all seated at the same table at Galaxy Macau’s Horizon Room, according to Citibank. Each bet between HK$250,000 and HK$399,000 (US$31,980 and US$51,040). 

[See more: Visitor numbers during the Labour Day break fall short of predictions]

Analysts George Choi and Ryan Cheung said so-called “whales” (players betting upward of HK$100,000 or US$12,800 per hand) totalled 37 and were spread across all six concessionaires’ premium rooms. In comparison, 41 whales were spotted during the Chinese New Year holiday in February.

The total wagered during this year’s May holiday was 144 percent higher than last year’s, with each player betting 11 percent more on average than they did in 2023, IAG reports.

“Unsurprisingly Galaxy and Sands China, the two operators with the most hotel rooms, seemed to benefit the most from the holiday crowd,” Citibank said.

UPDATED: 07 May 2024, 7:56 am

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