Macau casino floor changes cater to mass, shrug off smoking ban

    Published in: Latest IntelligenceThe looming Monday Oct. 6th deadline for Macau’s casinos to comply with new smoking regulations will be the culmination of months of disruption on the territory’s gaming floors.However, analysts say that disruption will only be a short-term blip and may have accelerated a reconfiguration towards more profitable mass market gaming tables that has been taking place for some time.Smoking will be banned on all casino floors unless in a specially designated smoking room that will not be allowed to feature gaming machines. VIP rooms will still allow smoking. As of October 1st, the Health Bureau said they had only approved smoking facilities in 12 casinos, though hoped to complete all inspections by the deadline. Smoking bans implemented in other jurisdictions around the globe have led to a sharp drop off in gross gambling revenue, though analysts say they don’t expect the same to happen in Macau.“The smoking...

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