Casino revenues in Macau soared 56.1 per cent in October to an unprecedented 9.22 billion patacas (US$1.15 billion), the first time monthly winnings in the territory have surpassed the US$1 billion mark. The record monthly haul was a full 1.7 billion patacas or 23 per cent higher than the previous record set this May. The October surge was driven by record visitation numbers over the National Day Golden Week holiday on the mainland. Arrivals to Macau climbed 22 per cent to 2.43 million visitors, with 1.36 million or 56.3 per cent coming from the mainland. Casino revenues rose 48 per cent in the first 10 months of the year to 67.53 billion patacas, data released yesterday by the Macau Statistics and Census Service show. Revenue from high-stakes gaming has fuelled the boom, with winnings from VIP baccarat jumping 50 per cent in the third quarter to 13.66 billion patacas and accounting for 67 per cent of all casino revenues in the territory.