Local casinos raked in MOP 398 million (USD 49 million) in gross gaming revenue in July, accounting for only five per cent of what was recorded in July 2021, according to data from the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ).
The July 2022 tally is about half the previous worst performing month in the pandemic era, June 2020, when revenue was at MOP 716 million (USD88 million).
For the whole month of July 2022, the SAR was under strict pandemic restrictions following the onset of the latest and most serious community outbreak so far on June 18.
Between July 11 and July 22, gambling venues were closed, as the city endured a partial lockdown, and for the rest of the month, business was very low as a result of the overall pandemic-related measures and the cross-border restrictions.
Revenue for the first seven months of 2022 has reached MOP 26.6 billion (USD 3.29 billion), 53 per cent down year-on-year