Paulo Martins Chan

    Paulo Martins Chan is the director of the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ), having taken the role in December 2015.Born in 1963 in Macau, Chan studied at the former Liceu Nacional Infante D. Henrique School. He holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Macau as well as a Master of Law from Macau University of Science and Technology.From 1981 to 1996, Chan was one of TDM radio’s most popular disc-jockeys, anchoring for the Chinese station Ou Mun Tin Toi as a part timer. Chan has also been a master of ceremonies for dozens of local programs and shows. In 1998, Chan started working at the Public Prosecutions Office as a prosecutor, and from 2009 to 2015, he was promoted to Assistant Prosecutor General for the same office.

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    DICJ to tighten junket requirements by 2018

    The Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau will soon be tightening its regulation of gaming promoters, said director Paulo Martins Chan on the sidelines of a gaming conference in Macau last week, MDT reports. Calls for tighter requirements for junket promoters have been made throughout the year, with the most recent comments made by the president […]

    DICJ completes audit on junket operators

    The DICJ has completed its audit on Macau’s 126 registered junket operators, according to comments from director Paulo Martins Chan on Monday, according to a report from Macau News Agency. Mr. Chan said there were less than ten junkets found with “some deficiencies,” which are related to the operators not having registered properly or providing […]

    Casino exclusions rise slightly in 17Q3

    The number of casino exclusions in Macau reached 283 in the first three quarters of 2017, according to the latest data from the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau. In the same period in 2016, Macau recorded 258 exclusions, according to the data. Of the total number of exclusions in the nine month period, 240 were […]

    DICJ director talks security, risk mitigation

    Mitigating risks and the enhancement of casino security was the focus of the keynote speech delivered by Paulo Martins Chan at the Macao Gaming Show on Tuesday. Chan, who heads the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau, spoke of a number of security measures adopted following recent tragic events. “In order to better protect the safety […]

    MGS announces speaker line up and program

    The speaker lineup for the MGS Entertainment Show Summit at The Venetian Macao will feature some of the most influential and knowledgeable people in the regulatory, government relations, gaming, entertainment and technology worlds. The Macau Gaming Equipment Manufacturers Association (MGEMA), the local association that has organized the show since its inception five years ago, is […]

    No plan yet on how to enforce frontline worker ban

    The Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau has not yet come up with a surveillance plan to prevent frontline casino employees from gaming outside of work hours, Macau Business Daily reports. Chan said that the Bureau will work closely with the Office for Personal Data Protection (GPDP), and that the plan was to employ inspections by […]

    Dragon Corp’s link to Macau thrown into doubt

    Further questions are being raised over Dragon Corp’s ICO and its plans for a Macau floating casino after DICJ director Paulo Martins Chan said he was unaware of the company or its relation to the local gaming market, Macau Business reports. “[Both Dragon Corp. and Wi Holdings] are not gambling companies or companies responsible for […]

    Public consultation begins for croupier ban proposal

    Macau’s gaming regulator has proposed new measures that will see casino croupiers, pit managers, tellers, dealers and other frontline casino staff banned from casinos when off-duty. Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau director Paulo Martins Chan reportedly presented the proposal at a press conference on Tuesday. “We found out that the current law has flaws and […]

    DICJ gearing up for more inspectors

    Macau’s gaming regulator is hoping to add more inspectors to its roster by year end, Macau Business reports. Paulo Martins Chan, director of Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ), on the sidelines of the inauguration ceremony for the new heads of the Macau Monetary Authority (AMCM) and Financial Intelligence Office (GIF) on Tuesday, noted that […]

    Chan says Macau at low-risk of attack

    Director of the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ), Paulo Martins Chan says there is a low risk to the city’s casinos, according to police evaluations, Macau Daily Times reports. Last Monday, Macau’s gaming operators have submitted reports concerning their casinos’ security as requested by the gaming regulator. “They [the gaming operators] will collaborate with […]

    Melco organizes forum on responsible gaming

    Melco Resorts & Entertainment Ltd on Thursday held a leadership forum at City of Dreams, which was attended by over 600 of Melco’s management staff. The forum began with presentations given by Melco’s executives, providing an overview of the Company’s Responsible Gaming Steering Committee and the various programs it has launched over the past decade. […]

    Macau casino stocks fall on renewal scare

    Stock prices of Macau’s six gaming operators took a hit following reports from Chinese-language media on Wednesday implying that all of Macau’s gaming concessionaires would have to rebid for their licenses through a public tender. The news was later clarified by Union Gaming in a Thursday note as incorrect. “This is unequivocally not the case […]

    DICJ to keep a lid on junket numbers

    Although the VIP sector is showing signs of rebound, Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau director Paulo Martins Chan says his department will endeavor to maintain the same number of junkets regardless. The director made the comments to local reporters the sidelines of the G2E Asia conference on Wednesday. According to Chan, the department is currently […]

    Concessionaires warned to stay out of elections

    Macau’s gaming operators have been reminded to stay neutral and not to interfere with the upcoming Legislative Assembly Election, as part of election law. Companies cannot take part in any campaigning events, or act in support of – or in opposition to – particular electioneering teams, under the existing administrative concession system that also applies […]

    G2E Asia to provide overview of Asian gaming landscape

    Influential industry speakers are set to address attendees at this year’s Global Gaming Expo Asia (G2E Asia). Francis Lui, deputy chairman of the Galaxy Entertainment Group, will provide opening remarks at 9:30am on May 16. The conference program includes other industry experts who will address: Status and projections for the Asian market; Integrated Resort products […]

    Debtor database awaits approval from privacy watchdog

    Macau’s debtor database is still awaiting approval of the Office for Personal Data Protection Database before it can start operations, Macau TDM reports. “The IT structure is in place and ready to go. What we’re missing is the go-ahead from the Office for Personal Data Protection. Once the system is cleared, then data can start […]

    Govt mulls turning greyhound track into sports facility

    The Macau government is considering turning the Macau Yat Yuen Canidrome greyhound track into a cultural, leisure, sports and education facility, local media reports. In July 2016, the government gave Macau (Yat Yuen) Canidrome an ultimatum to either relocate or shut down its race track within two years, giving the operator until July 21, 2018 […]

    Casino license for Legend Palace Hotel under review

    The application for SJM Holdings to run a casino inside Legend Palace Hotel at Fisherman’s Wharf is currently being reviewed, revealed DICJ chief Paulo Martins Chan on Wednesday. “We are still evaluating and conducting research,” he said, speaking to Macau Business. “We will inform you once things are settled.” The casino-hotel project, developed by Macau […]

    Macau junket numbers down to 120 in 2017: Chan

    Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau director, Paulo Martins Chan says he plans to authorize “slightly more than 120” licenses for VIP gaming promoters in 2017. The number is worrying for Macau’s VIP gaming sector, despite showing some signs of recovery last quarter. In January last year, the regulator confirmed 141 gaming promoter licenses. The DICJ […]

    Satellite casino employees interests are protected: Chan

    The Macau government has reiterated that it protects the legal rights of all gaming workers in the city, including those working at satellite casinos, local media reports. Paulo Martins Chan, director of the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ) reportedly made the comment in a response to a written enquiry from legislator Ella Lei Cheng […]

    No rush on gaming tax hike: DICJ

    Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau director Paulo Martins Chan says more time is needed before the regulator can decide on a proposed tax hike for gaming operators, Macau TDM reports. While voices have been pushing for an increase in tax for gaming operators, the gaming regulator says it’s still gathering information. “We don’t have such […]

    Mass segment to dominate in 2017: Spectrum

    The mass segment is expected to dominate Macau’s gross gaming revenue in 2017, according to independent research and professional services firm Spectrum Gaming Group. The firm, which released its 13th annual list of Most Important Gaming Trends for 2017, said that VIP play in Macau will decline to less than 50 percent of GGR in […]

    DICJ boss predicts GGR revival in 2017

    Paulo Martins Chan, director of the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau says he is hopeful for revenue growth in Macau’s gaming sector in 2017, local media reports. “Gaming revenue is expected to see stable development next year, and hopefully go upward,” Chan said in an interview with Bloomberg. “Macau has started to see healthy and […]

    DICJ gives 19 junkets until end of year to improve

    Macau’s gaming regulator says 19 VIP promoters are at risk of losing their license if they fail to improve their accounting by the end of the year. The comments made by Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau Paulo Martins Chan was quoted by Macau Business Daily after the regulator finished checking all 145 licensed junkets. Chan […]

    MGEMA awards suppliers at gala dinner

    The Macau Gaming Equipment Manufacturers’ Association handed out its supplier awards at a gala dinner held at the Venetian Hotel Wednesday night. Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau director Paulo Martins Chan presented the award for best sound to Aristocrat Leisure for its Multiline Baccarat game.  Best playing experience went to LT Game for its Fortune […]

    DICJ working to improve junket, staff standards

    Macau’s gaming regulator is working to improve the standard of junket agents and to raise the level of staff training to ensure the quality of the local industry, Paulo Martins Chan, head of the local gaming regulator said. In the opening address to the MGS Entertainment Show, which began on Tuesday, Gaming Inspection and Coordination […]

    Casino regulator to deliver keynote speech at MGS 2016

    Director of the Macau Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau, Paulo Martins Chan, will be a keynote speaker at the MGS Entertainment Summit 2016. The keynote speech, titled “Future Development of Macao’s Gaming Industry: Healthily and Orderly, with Integrity and Quality”, will be delivered on the first day of the three-day event. In his speech, he […]

    Recent Crown arrests no connection to Macau: DICJ

    None of the 18 individuals named in the crackdown on Crown Resorts staff are thought to be people from Macau, head of DICJ Paulo Martins Chan said to reporters on Thursday. “The gaming companies here reported to us that they had always been abiding by the laws in mainland China,” said Chan to local media. […]

    DICJ head agrees with ban on croupiers in casinos

    Paulo Martins Chan, director of the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ) agrees the banning of dealers from gambling outlets is appropriate for the industry, local media reports. Chan reportedly made the comment during the Responsible Gambling Promotions Kick Off Ceremony at the University of Macau (UM) on Tuesday. “Some statistics clarify that [the likelihood […]

    Non-gaming offerings up to the operators: Chan

    While the government will push for the development of the non-gaming industry, operators are free to decide exactly what to offer, says DICJ director Paulo Martins Chan, quoted by local media. Chan, who heads the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ) made the comments at the Responsible Gaming Forum – Non-gaming Elements’ Impact on Macau […]

    Wynn Palace application for gaming tables under review

    Gaming operator Wynn Macau has already filed its application for gaming tables and slot machines for its Wynn Palace project, said DICJ director Paulo Martins Chan. Speaking to local media on the sidelines of a forum on Sunday, Chan said his bureau was already reviewing the application. The director did not mention the number of […]

    Macau ETGs to see new regulations in 2017

    Macau’s gaming regulator, the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau says it aims to introduce new regulations for electronic table games next year. Speaking to reporters on Sunday, DICJ director Paulo Martins Chan defended against claims that there was “limitless growth” to the number of electronic table games in the region. “We do have regulations regarding […]

    Structural adjustment needed in gaming industry: Chan

    Paulo Martins Chan, Director of the Macau Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ), has reiterated the need for structural adjustment of the gaming industry if Macau is to diversify its economy and achieve sustainable development. In a statement released by the DICJ, Chan suggested that casinos could provide different types of slot machines – which […]

    Macau needs to improve its image: Paulo Martins Chan

    Macau needs to not only diversify its revenue, it also needs to improve its image, said Paulo Martins Chan, director of the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau. Chan made the comments during the G2E Asia conference this week. “We will continue to further strengthen and refine our laws and regulations and to improve the overall […]

    Government mulls bad-debt-player blacklist

    A shared blacklist of players proposed by Macau junket sector is still being considered, said Fong Man Chong, Co-ordinator of the Personal Data Protection Office (GPDP), Macau Business Daily reports. The database, which will contain a list of players who are considered at a high risk of defaulting would be a useful tool for the […]

    Mid-term review positive for operators

    The Macau government released its long awaited casino industry mid-term review on Wednesday. The 254 page document, available in Chinese and Portuguese was the result of a year-long review of the impact on the gaming industry in the gaming hub. The review focused on four sections, including economy, society / local, operations and contract fulfilment […]

    Government to audit junkets’ bad debts

    Macau authorities are looking into the bad debts of VIP gaming promoters, as part of an audit that is estimated to be ready by the end of the year, TDM reports. In a report released on Friday, quoted by TDM, brokerage Daiwa Securities said total debt outstanding in the VIP segment is at least HK$30 […]

    March GGR misses analyst estimates

    Macau gross gaming revenue declined 16.3 percent year on year in March, marking the 22nd consecutive month of decline. Gross gaming revenue was MOP 18 billion (US$2.3 billion), down 16.3 percent from MOP 21.5 billion in 2015 according to data from the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau. The results were slightly down from the analyst […]

    DICJ chief sees signs Macau GGR stabilizing

    Paulo Martins Chan, the director of Macau’s gaming regulator, believes the decline in gross gaming revenue (GGR) should slow down this year. The Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau chief made the comments in an interview with Radio Macau. “The most difficult times are now behind us. I think that, if there’s a decline this year, […]

    DICJ says 35 Macau junkets fail to renew licence under new rules

    Macau’s gaming regulator has denied 35 of Macau’s gaming promoters from renewing their licences for failing to submit important accounting information within the deadline, according to local media. Paulo Martins Chan, Director of the Macau Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau said the junkets had failed to meet the requirements which were introduced last October, which […]

    Macau regulator meets with junket association, discusses improving regulation

    Paulo Martins Chan, Director of the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ) conducted a meeting on Friday with the Macau Gaming and Entertainment Promoters Association to discuss gaming regulation and law improvements, local media reports. The DICJ director was joined by Secretary for Economy and Finance, Lionel Leong Vai Tac for the meeting on Jan. […]

    Former prosecutor Paulo Martins Chan sworn in as DICJ head

    Former Assistant Public Prosecutor-General Paulo Martins Chan was officially sworn in Monday as the director of the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ), taking over Macau’s gambling regulator as the market faces its worst slump since liberalization. Chan takes over from Manuel Joaquim das Neves, who decided to step down after 18 years in office. […]

    Assistant Public Prosecutor-General to head Macau gambling regulator

    The new head of Macau’s gambling regulator will be Assistant Public Prosecutor-General Paulo Martins Chan, local media reported citing Secretary for Economy and Finance Lionel Leong Vai Tac. He will replace Manuel Joaquim das Neves, who plans to step down on Nov. 25th. Chan will take up the new post as head of the Gambling […]

    Paulo Martins Chan expected to become new director of Macau gaming bureau

    Paulo Martins Chan is expected to become the new director of the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau, according to TDM Macau.  The public prosecutor will replace Manuel Neves, retiring after 18 years as gaming regulator. According to a source with direct knowledge of the decision, Chan was chosen due to his legal experience, at a […]

    Macau govt submits bill for casino worker entry ban

    The Macau government on Friday submitted a bill that will restrict casino workers from entering gaming venues when off-duty, according to a report from Macau TDM. Those included in the entry ban are gaming table and machine operators, promoters, workers in cashier cages, security and cleaning staff, restaurant staff, and staff members that work in […]

    DICJ boss skips G2E Asia due to illegal gambling concerns

    The head of the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau, Paulo Martins Chan, who was scheduled to deliver a keynote speech at G2E Asia yesterday, canceled his attendance over concerns of illegal online gambling being promoted in the exhibition. Mr. Chan is a frequent keynote speaker to the Asia conference and exhibition and was due to […]

    G2E Asia says exhibitors “committed” to not display online products

    G2E Asia said it will continue to work with regulators to ensure products that are illegal in Macau are not on display at the show and says its exhibitors are “committed” to not promoting any online, or mobile, consumer facing products.

    Three casinos trial facial recognition systems

    At least three casinos are reportedly testing facial recognition systems inside their premises, according to Macau’s gaming regulator. “Currently, two or three casinos are testing. During their operations, they have to strictly obey the personal data protection law,” said Paulo Martins Chan, the director of the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ).  When asked by […]

    DICJ finds nothing illegal in Macau VIP rooms

    The head of Macau’s gaming regulator said the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau has inspected 25 VIP rooms and found nothing illegal and confirmed that Suncity Holdings CEO Alvin Chao is not under investigation.

    Paulo Martins Chan granted Regulator of the Year Award

    Paulo Martins Chan, director of the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ), has received the 2019 Regulator of the Year for Asia / Australasia by the International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL). Each year, IMGL recognizes outstanding regulators based on stringent standards, including pre-eminence in the regulatory field and their noteworthy contributions to the overall […]

    DICJ imposes tight data protection measures

    The Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau on Monday has imposed an instruction which prohibits gaming concessionaires and junkets from sharing any data it holds around its customers and their gaming activities to third parties, Macau News Agency reports.  The instruction was signed by DICJ director Paulo Martins Chan and comes into force on Monday, September […]

    Paulo Martins Chan possible replacement for Leong Vai Tac

    Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau director Paulo Martins Chan has been speculated as one of the possible candidates for the next Secretary of Economy and Finance of Macau, local media reports. Chan would be operating under the leadership of Ho Iat Seng, who was sworn in as Macau’s chief executive less than two months ago. […]

    Illegal online gambling difficult to eradicate: Chan

    The director of the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau said it is difficult for authorities to “completely eradicate” illegal online gambling operators, as servers are usually hosted outside its jurisdiction and target gamblers from mainland China, Macau Business reports.  “What we can is to do propaganda to raise awareness and inform that it is illegal… […]
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