Rule changes throw spotlight on slot machine discrepancies

    Published in: Latest IntelligenceMacau’s new slot legislation, which is leading to a shake up in the compliance and location of machines, is highlighting reporting discrepancies that cloud the picture of a lucrative area of the gaming business.Macau’s gaming regulator is reporting a 13 percent drop in the number of slot machines in the territory over the past year, contradicting reports from operators who say numbers are rising.According to Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ) data, the number of slot machines in Macau fell to 14,775 at the end of September, down from 15,310 at the end of the June quarter this year. That’s down 2,260 machines from the high of 17,035 on June 30, 2012.Gaming operators on the other hand say they have added machines. In fact, they report an increase of nearly 1,500 machines over the year, according to quarterly reports.The Sands Cotai alone added 1,324 slots in...

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