Macau (MNA) – The Macau gaming mass market sector, including slot machines, rose 19.2 per cent year-on-year to around MOP33.75 billion (US$4.2 billion) in the third quarter of this year, with the VIP sector – represented by VIP baccarat – increasing only 3.6 per cent yearly to 40.09 billion.
When comparing the period between July and September with the previous quarter, VIP revenues dropped 2.3 per cent with mass going up 3.3 per cent quarterly, recent data from the Gaming Inspection and Co-ordination Bureau (DICJ) indicated.
Meanwhile brokerage firm Deutsche Bank estimated that the last quarter of this year will see mass market results growth to slow down to a 9.6 per cent year-on-year increase but with the VIP sector picking up at a 7.6 per cent rise.
Results from slot machines rose 9 per cent yearly to MOP3.5 billion with revenues from mass baccarat going up 21.5 per cent to MOP25.3 billion.
As of the end of September there were some 17,218 slot machines and 6,598 gaming tables, more 5.5 per cent and 2.3 per cent when compare to the same period last year, respectively.