A total of 179 requests for exclusion from Macau casinos were received by the authorities in the first half of 2017, up from 172 exclusion bids in the first six months of 2016.
There were 149 applications for self-exclusion in the six months to June 30, with the remaining 30 exclusions being applied for by third parties, such as family members, said the city’s casino regulator, the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau, which maintains the list of those excluded.
In the second quarter of 2017, there were 82 requests for exclusion from casinos; down from the 97 requests recorded in the first quarter, according to the casino regulator’s data.
In 2016, Macau authorities recorded an aggregate of 355 requests for exclusion from the city’s casinos.
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.
According to the existing rules, all applicants must agree in writing to be added to the exclusion list, regardless of whether they apply directly or the request is made by a family member.
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