Macau to set gambling ban for casino staff

The DICJ proposed to ban casino employees from Macau casinos after work hours in order to prevent problem gambling.

Macau.- Macau’s Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ) announced last Tuesday that it wants to prohibit casino staff members to remain on casino floors past their work hours. The proposal was presented in order to prevent casino workers (specially card dealers) from turning into problem gamblers and it only includes those directly involved with gaming operations.

The rule-to-be sets a fine between US$125 and US$1250 to those casino workers detected in a casino venue or a slot parlour oustide their work hours. However, it will allow them to gamble in casinos the first three days of the Chinese New Year holiday period, GGRAsia reports.

In order to pass this new ban, the DICJ will start this Wednesday a public consultation on the proposal to be finished in a month which will also include the underage gambling issue and how to address people barred from entering gaming venues that wins money at tables or slots.

The measure shouldn’t be a problem for gaming labour groups as they had already supported the measure in 2016 when DICJ representatives announced that local authorities were working on rules to ban workers from gambling.

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