Macau is set to revise its gambling regulations to keep children out of casinos and avoid a repeat of a fiasco in which a 16-year-old Hong Kong girl hit the jackpot at the Sands Macao earlier this year. Chief Executive Edmund Ho Hau-wah said his government may introduce stricter rules such as forbidding the payment of winnings by people under 18 even to their parents. Responding to worries that the new Venetian Macao resort may be admitting minors, Mr Ho said the government had deployed enough inspectors to closely monitor its operation. The Venetian's casino is the first in Macau not to conduct security checks, causing concerns that underage people may slip onto its vast gaming floor, which is the size of three soccer pitches. In February, the Hong Kong girl had accompanied family members to the Sands Macao, where she won HK$740,000 playing a slot machine. The gaming inspection bureau censured the casino for admitting an underage person but then ordered it to pay the girl's winnings to her mother. Mr Ho said the new rules would prevent the payment of winnings to even a minor's family members. The city's laws forbid anyone under 18 to enter casinos, but there is no legislation to address what happens when a minor manages to enter a casino and wins.