Gambling funds obtained through illicit card-swiping in Macau are estimated to 12 per cent of mass market turnover. (Image: wikipedia.org/Brenden Brain)
The effect of Asia’s imminent crackdown on the usage of hand-held card swipers is being felt in Macau, with the Wynn Macau witnessing its biggest market decline since October 2011.
Macau’s casino economy has soared throughout the final several years, so much so that it now eclipses Las Vegas because the gambling capital of the world, however the Chinese government’s sudden enforcement of a ban on unlawful money transfers has investors worried; Wynn Resorts Ltd. fell recently to 8.5 percent during the close in Hong Kong trading, while MGM China Holdings Ltd. dropped 8.2 % for the same duration. The Galaxy Entertainment Group Ltd., meanwhile, fell 7.6 percent, while Sands Asia Ltd. dropped 4.6 per cent, and SJM Holdings Ltd., 6.6 per cent.
Visitors to Macau from the mainland are permitted to bring no more than 20,000 yuan ($3,200) into the gambling hub and might only withdraw 10,000 yuan per day, per card, from cash machines. To swerve the restrictions, tourists are able to purchase goods from local pawn shops making use of their debit cards then trade them for neighborhood money with the exact same pawnbroker.
Illegal Card-Swiping Amounts to $6 Billion
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