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Gambling Regulation

Gaming monitor's motives queried

A new US-based website which promises to expose what it claims are 'dangerously weak' regulatory curbs on the influence of organised crime in Macau casinos has provoked an angry response from the city's gaming regulators, who accuse it of having 'questionable motives'.

Sunday, 11 March, 2012, 12:00am

Housing chiefs 'lax' on shop gambling

Officials have been branded 'lax and ineffective' at enforcing rules on illegal gambling in shops the Housing Department rents out across the city's 180 housing estates.

A legislative watchdog says gambling activities are commonplace, and the department has been careless in its management.

7 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Increased race days is a good move

Regarding the government's decision to increase the number of race days and race simulcasts next year, I believe it will boost Hong Kong's competitiveness, even if it raises concerns about the promotion of gambling.

13 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Jockey Club needs to be shown more flexibility

The gaming industry is ever-changing and evolving. Years of government inaction has meant Hong Kong has fast been falling behind regional competitors. A backing of the Jockey Club's long-sought request for additional race days and simulcasts of overseas meetings finally gives the betting franchise greater competitiveness.

6 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

US could learn from HK on computer betting

It was amazing to read last week, in the online version of America's Blood-Horse magazine, news of a convention in New Orleans where the focus of one of the wagering sessions was on computer-assisted betting and whether or not this is fair betting.

30 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Casino age rules not easy to apply

The age limit of 21 for casino entry in Macau may come into force as early as next summer, the city's chief gaming inspector has said.

But how to implement the new rule poses a challenge, as the world's fastest-growing casino market suffers from a shortage of gaming inspectors.

16 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Pansy Ho, MGM win Nevada nod for venture

Pansy Ho Chiu-king (below) and Las Vegas gaming giant MGM Mirage have won preliminary approval from Nevada gaming regulators to proceed with their planned US$1.1 billion Macau casino.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board voted 3-0 recommending an all-clear for MGM in Macau.

1 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Minor's gamble proves costly for casino

Macau's gaming laws to be changed after teenage girl from Hong Kong wins HK$740,000 jackpot

Macau's gaming watchdog has ruled that Sands Casino must pay the HK$740,000 slot-machine winnings of a 16-year-old Hong Kong girl to the teenager's mother - even though the girl broke the law.

27 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Winnings paid to mother of under-age gambler

Macau's Sands Casino yesterday paid out HK$740,000 in winnings to the mother of a 16-year-old Hong Kong girl who hit the jackpot after entering the casino illegally on Tuesday.

The casino said it was 'always prepared to pay the amount of the prize', adding that the money would have gone to charity if no one had been entitled to it.

25 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Hand over teenager's jackpot to mother, casino told

Macau to change gaming laws after minor's gamble costs Sands HK$740,000

Macau's gaming watchdog ruled yesterday that Sands Casino must pay the HK$740,000 slot-machine winnings of a 16-year-old Hong Kong girl to the teenager's mother - even though the girl broke the law.

24 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Pansy Ho to testify in US this month

Gaming board sets tentative February 27 date for hearings over MGM partnership

6 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Critics seek tighter gaming rules in Macau

The Macau government has been urged to play a more active role in regulating the gaming industry to ensure healthy social development.

There have also been calls for greater transparency in the government's gaming policies amid controversy surrounding the underregulated subcontracting of casino licences.

24 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Lady luck runs out

Raids on underground gambling dens have a familiar pattern. A special police unit leads the charge, followed by the press pack which captures the villains on camera. The 'big boss' accused of running the den is typically absent, perhaps tipped off about the raid.

10 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Peking University bets on gaming industry

The prestigious Peking University, which will offer the mainland's first master's degree course in sweepstakes management this year, sees a bright future for gambling on the mainland.

14 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Tough regulations rival Las Vegas

Few gamblers in Macau know they are in such good hands - some parts of the city's gaming-control laws are stricter than those in Las Vegas.

'The Americans do everything high-profile,' said Manuel Joaquim das Neves, director of the Gaming Inspection and Co-ordination Bureau in Macau. 'In fact, we do many things right, but we just don't promote it.'

19 May 2005 - 12:00am