Macau Legend criticises reduction of gaming concessionaires

Macau wants to end the current sub-concession system.
Macau wants to end the current sub-concession system.

David Chow, Macau Legend Co-Chairman, is against the government’s proposed changes to reduce the number of concessionaires.

Macau.- David Chow, Macau Legend’s co-chairman has expressed his concerns about the proposal to end the current sub-concession system that led to the creation of three additional Macau casino licences. The proposal was made in Macau’s revision of existing gaming law.

Chow, who also has investments in agriculture, banks, casinos and hotels, and is currently developing tourism projects in Cape Verde, said that “the number of gaming dealers should not be eliminated because the number of dealers is small, leading to oligopoly or monopoly.”

Chow questioned the authorities’ argument that “quality is more important than quantity”. The government also wants to increase the oversight of gaming concessionaires and junket operations.

With the current concessions to expire on June 26, 2022, the government will conduct an open tender to grant the new concessions. Chow believes the concession period should be divided into two types: new investors and old investors.

According to Macau Business, he said: “The participation of new investors must be encouraged and new competition mechanisms introduced.”

Authorities have also proposed electing “delegates” to Macau’s gaming concessions, so it can have a “greater checking” limit on the activity of the gaming firms. A delegate system is already used to monitor other forms of public concession.

Government delegates would be sent to gaming concessionaries to enable the direct monitoring of daily operations. Authorities have also suggested that administrators should meet certain requirements and get government endorsement before distributing profits, regardless of whether it be in cash or shares.

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