The number of people who applied for the Macau government’s voluntary casino self-exclusion programme jumped by 54 percent in the second quarter of 2014 compared with the previous three months.
Data from the city’s Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ) show that a total of 77 people applied for self-exclusion between April and June, up from 50 people in the first quarter.
A total of 252 people applied for self-exclusion from Macau’s casinos in 2013. DICJ did not provide quarterly data for that year. Contacted by GGRAsia, the regulator also did not stated how many people are currently included in the self-exclusion programme, launched in November 2012.
Any person can apply to be excluded from entering casinos in Macau. The maximum exclusion period is two years but it can be extended. The applicant can apply for exclusion from all or just some casinos. Those who fail to comply with the exclusion order risk up to one year in jail or a fine.
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