Sasebo Mayor Norio Tomonaga’s visit to the University of Macau at the end of last week highlighted the growing links between the two parties regarding the development of the IR industry in Japan.
In a region traditionally dominated by table games there are signs that a new generation of slots can make an impact, as long as suppliers understand how to take a tailored approachThe emergence of skill-based slots and a better understanding of how to tailor machines to local markets is presenting manufacturers and operators with the opportunity to challenge the dominance of the table game in Asian casinos and attract a new type of player.
Macau depends entirely on gaming to survive. Gamblers tend to smoke and there has been smoking in gaming areas from 1849 until now. So maybe it would not be prudent to rapidly ban all smoking whatsoever in casinos. Such a measure, in the worst scenario, could send many gamblers away and be roughly the equivalent to suddenly closing several casinos, causing a significant decrease in revenue and a strong impact on public finances. But this is exactly where Macau is heading now.A full ban on smoking may be difficult to justify and hard to defend legally.