Macau lawmakers told of slot machine malfunctions

    Lawmakers in Macau’s Legislative Assembly heard that operators may be withholding winnings from gamblers and that slot machines may be malfunctioning, the South China Morning Post reported. However, the legislators brushed off calls for tighter casino controls, it said.
    The casinos have reportedly refused 133 gamblers their winnings, claiming that their wins are the result of  “mechanical errors.”
    In one case, Ip Choi-peng, 51, said he spent more than 4 million patacas on slot machines at MGM and The Venetian in April, but did not receive winnings totalling 20 million patacas.
    The report cited Manuel Joaquim das Neves, director of the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau, as saying that Macau’s gaming machines were all from qualified manufacturers. “There are minor abnormalities, but it is very rare for flaws to be found on gaming machines,” das Neves said.