More seats at the table as operators turn to electronics

    Published in: Latest Intelligence Macau has 5,749 gaming tables and more than 27,100 dealers to man them. But that’s not enough to meet demand so operators are turning to technology to raise the number of gamblers their dealers and tables serve“Definitely, any of would want more tables,” says one financial analyst. Despite expectations growth would be moderate this year, monthly gross gaming revenue reached a new record of 31.3 billion patacas ($4 billion) in March and May’s haul matched the second-highest ever at 29.6 billion patacas.The problem is that the government has capped further table growth at 3 percent a year, allocated on application. Even when casinos can add tables, they also have to find more dealers, a task complicated by rules reserving the occupation for the city’s permanent residents while most other casino resort jobs can be filled with imported labor. Average earnings for dealers rose 8.8 percent...

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